Every so often when I send around info on cleaning the front of storm drains, I get an angry response from a Fortin Street resident exclaiming that there are no storm drains on Fortin Street by their home.
Every so often I write the Councilmember asking that Fortin Street get storm drains, repaving and a makeover.
Fortin Street is the entrance to Jazz Fest, runs along the Fair Grounds and should be a welcoming entrance to Faubourg St. John.
It would be awesome if there was an arch on Fortin by WBOK (like you see at Desmare and Stallings Playgrounds) that said “Welcome to Faubourg St. John”.
Fortin Street gets run-off from the Fair Grounds’ sea of cement but does not have enough storm drains.
Fortin street should have storm drains on both sides of the street all the way from Gentilly to beyond Mystery Street.
Fortin street should be repaved and have curbs installed all the way to the end where the Fair Grounds’ property ends beyond Mystery Street.
Fortin Street should have trees that provide shade like Ursulines Avenue.
Fortin Street should have permeable pavement and permeable sidewalks to reduce flooding from run-off.
Currently, this is a pipe dream, (pun intended) but, it doesn’t have to be.
I think a coalition that includes the Fair Grounds, Jazz Fest, City Officials, WBOK, and passionate Faubourg St. John neighbors could make Fortin Street a show-place.
Can you help make Fortin Street all it can be?
Please call 311 from a local phone or 504-658-2299 from an out of area phone with an address or hundred block and cross street. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with the information as well. If you email email@example.com, please include a photo along with the specific location of the problem.
A rising tide raises all ships