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Heidi S
Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
(Central City, New Orleans )
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the project

Imagine the experience of waiting for public transportation in a space that provides adequate shade, shelter, and comfort. Now, imagine the experience of waiting for public transportation in a space that lacks these qualities, on a hot summer afternoon in New Orleans, with a storm looming in the distance. For most New Orleans residents who rely on public transportation, imagining this second scenario is not difficult -- it’s lived every single day.

Our team will address this challenge by making the everyday experience of taking the bus more enjoyable, while also giving teens an opportunity to put their design + build skills to work for community improvement! Our idea is to work with local high school students to prototype and install a creative bus shelter and crosswalk improvements along Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard that meets the needs of daily riders, engages the community in the collection and sharing of individual stories, and celebrates the richness of this community.

Our teen collaborators will be offered a well-paid stipend for their leadership. This not only improves rider experience, it allows young people in the neighborhood to see and use the product of their hard work on a daily basis. We know that the process of taking a community design project from concept to actualization can have a powerful and lasting impact on young peoples' attitudes towards themselves and their neighborhood.

the steps

  • Select which bus stop(s) will receive new shelters

  • Hire Youth Interns (stipend of $10/hour)

  • Host a design charrette with bus riders to advise on the bus shelter features

  • Artist/Designer mentors work with teens to create shelter prototype

  • Purchase materials (steel, lumber, hardware)

  • Hire local artist for shelter artwork with input from youth designers

  • Develop cooperative maintenance agreement with local businesses/organizations/volunteers to keep the shelter clean and safe

  • Install one or more shelters

  • Design and install crosswalk improvements

  • Make prototype design/blueprints available online for replication

why we're doing it

Many people in the immediate neighborhood surrounding Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard are transit-dependent, including a large percentage of elderly citizens and youth. Young people attending school and enrichment programs along the Blvd. often wait for 30 minutes or more without shade or seating. Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard is a beautiful and historically rich commercial corridor in Central City, New Orleans, named after the inimitable human rights leader. It is home to locally owned businesses, arts and cultural destinations, and many non-profit organizations. A dynamic street and neighborhood deserves transportation infrastructure to match -- and while any bus shelter that provides “a shaded place to sit” would be an improvement, we will use a participatory process and public art to create a bus shelter that is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and which pays homage to the front-porch culture of our city, by encouraging friendly interaction between users.



DISBURSEMENT BUDGET (as of 8/16/16):

RAISED = $14,464.00
ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
 Payment Processing Fee (3%) $164.85
TOTAL TO DISBURSE = $14,264.15

Youth Stipends $5000
Materials $5000
Artist/Instructor Commissions $3500
Landscaping Materials $664
Permits $100



Youth Stipends $5000

Building Materials and Hardware $5000

Paint $250

Artist/Instructor Commissions $3500

Landscaping Materials $1150

Permits $100

SUBTOTAL = $15,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
*Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $450
TOTAL TO RAISE = $15,485

*Processing fees will not apply to match dollars received by the campaign. The calculation above is an estimate and is likely to change at time of disbursement, based on the amount of donations received. 


Thanks for being awesome

Our story on ioby's blog!

by ioby
July 28, 2016

Great minds think alike.

At ioby, we’ve long been proud that much of our resident leaders’ work aligns with their local governments’ high-level priorities, and that many leaders make a point of working directly with their decision-makers to gain consensus and ensure that neighborhood voices are heard.

Right now, lots of exciting urban planning measures are being undertaken in the great city of New Orleans, both by local leaders and municipal and regional planners. Most have many goals in common. Continue reading the full  article here...



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