Jay Nix is the owner of Parkway Bakery & Tavern and a board member of FOLC.
"The most positive thing about it is that stretch of railroad tracks really ran through an undesirable and sort of desolate space. Because it was railroad tracks, a lot of the businesses lent themselves to the railroad. It was sort of the loading dock for the trains, so they had no desire to landscape it or make it picturesque. Even now, when you go down the trail, you'll see that people are thinking how they can make the back of the building into the facade that faces the Greenway. So what used to be hidden is out there. It's really cool.
"It's going to take a little time to catch on. I may fool myself, but this is the difference between [the Greenway and] a lot of the other parks like Crescent Park, City Park and Audubon Park: You're pretty much just running in a circle. It doesn't go from one place to another. With the Lafitte Greenway, you can get on it downtown and you can go to Lakeview. It's actually a route. ... It gets you off the street. Orleans Avenue has a bike path, but it's tight, it's scary. The bike lane is a little too close for comfort. ...
"FOLC has been working on promoting the Greenway for years, starting after Katrina. And so, we're interested in seeing it grow, and any help that we can give anyone to grow the Greenway, we will."
New Orleanians talk about the Lafitte Greenway
• Jay Nix, owner of Parkway Tavern & Bakery