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Botanical Garden, 10AM
Art exhibit and sale en plein air
Alex Beard Studio, 5PM
Drinks, food, painting to celebrate the artist's studio opening
Maison Dupuy Hotel, 5PM
Fancy foods, music by jazz great Tim Laughlin, and event raffle
Benachi House & Gardens, 6PM
Southern Rep's fundraising dinner and party
New Canal Lighthouse, 6PM
Coastal scientist discusses his work
Smoothie King Center, 7PM
The Birds and the Mavs go head to head
Allways Lounge, 7PM
Last game planned in the Allways's popular performance & game night
2314 Iberville St., 7:30PM
Cocktails for a cause
Saenger Theatre, 8PM
The Beach Boy presents "Pet Sounds"
Catahoula Hotel, 8PM
Free drinks if you can do his dance. Vote for Pedro!
BJs in the Bywater, 8PM
Poetry with Clare Welsh and Todd Cirillo
Bar Redux, 9PM
NOLA's Horror Films Fest screens shorts
Howlin Wolf, 10PM
Bronx hip hop comes south
Bywater Art Lofts, 6PM
Live art in the air
Ogden Museum, 6PM
Feat. Mia Borders
New Orleans Jazz Museum, 6PM
Exhibit opening on the late Pete Fountain
Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture, 6PM
Unveiling of Big Freedia's 2018 Krew du Viewux costume
Langston Hughes Academy, 7PM
8th annual dinner party in the Dreamkeeper Garden
The Republlic, 7PM
Immersive pop-up gallery, boutique, and stage show
Euphorbia Kava Bar, 7PM
DIY rock, pop, punk show
Saenger Theatre, 7:30PM
Joy Theater, 8PM
The Carver, 9PM
NOLA brass all-stars
Gasa Gasa, 9PM
Feat. Burn Like Fire and I'm Fine in support
Allways Lounge, 10:30PM
Feat. Creep Cuts and Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers
One Eyed Jacks, 10:30PM
80s dance party
Demo Aims to Improve CBD Transit Hub
Aside from the iconic street car, New Orleans is not known for her public transit options. Ride New Orleans organized a demonstration yesterday to help residents envision better buses. The local nonprofit is teaming up with transit riders, community members and leaders, and public officials to open up a discussion focusing on improving the city’s transit system, namely in the CBD.
RNO held a grassroots press conference on Tuesday, April 15, to unveil the upcoming release of their report, “Smart Transit for a Strong Economy: Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub,” said Executive Director of RNO, Rachel Heiligman.
Over 200 chairs were set up at various bus stops that encircle the neutral ground at Elk Place between Tulane Avenue and Canal Street. The point was to give riders a comfortable place to wait for their transportation.
Heiligman stated the report was written to call attention to the lack of infrastructure in the city’s regional transit system, and to set a foundation for dialogue.
Providing additional seating, shading structures, lighting, and more maps and schedules are among efforts in the works. RNO will work with locals to help the city create a CBD Transit Hub that NOLA can be proud of, long-term.
Councilwoman Palmer said the only way this endeavor will be successful is if the city leaves no one behind.
“This is not a city that I feel is reflective of our value system, where we treat everybody the same way and with dignity,” said Palmer. “We want to make sure that everybody has equal access in a way that is decent and a way that we can ensure they get from one place to another, and a way that is not just fast, but also one that reflects where our values lie.”
Palmer gave RTA a nod by stating they have made significant progress in the past few years installing more bus shelters throughout the city.
Councilwoman Guidry said that citizens must speak up if they wish to see improvements.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to keep pushing on us public officials until it starts to work,” said Guidry.
Guidry stressed timeliness as a central goal for transportation. “If a mother fails to get her child to the daycare, and then to arrive to work on time, is our failure,” she said.
Councilman Gray was also present, and spoke of the efforts discussed to improve transit systems in New Orleans East.
Being in her own district, Councilwoman Cantrell was especially concerned with the consistent complaints she received regarding safety and conditions of the transit area.
“We have seen some improvement, as well as the seating that is here now, but it is not good enough. And so having a hub in this area will affect the quality of life,” said Cantrell, hoping for safer conditions.
Currently, more than 20 regional bus lines converge at the CBD Transit Hub, making it the busiest transfer point in the regional system, serving between 5,000 to 7,000 riders a day.
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