Google tells me that it is only about 3-4 miles from I-610 to Downtown New Orleans. I count four major roads, Broad, Galvez, Claiborne, and Rampart. Each road has about 2 lanes in each direction, and considering only 300,000 people live in New Orleans, what exactly is doom-and-gloom concern about? It isn't like you can't take another parallel road, considering there are four of them within about 1.5 miles.
And they all go through not-so-desirable neighborhoods with ridiculously high murder and other crime rates. Do you REALLY want to drive on those streets? Through those neighborhoods?
Transportation dollars should NEVER be used for the sole purpose of pandering to racists who don't want to drive through the area with the other-colored people. From a sole capacity standpoint, the Claiborne could come down without drastic traffic effects.
Perhaps with traffic travelling at more appropriate speeds, people might be more inclined to shop at the businesses of those in the neighborhood. Perhaps with people stopping at those businesses, the employer would have to hire more people to deal with the new demand. Perhaps with more people employed legally, the desire to acquire funds through other, more illegal means would go down. Perhaps with more people receiving an employment paycheck instead of a welfare check, the government of New Orleans and Louisiana could be able to deal with other, more pressing needs.
Now, do YOU want to be paying for their welfare or would you like the now-unnecessary funds back as a tax break? You tell me.
First off...I'm Black, and I respect the people of Treme, but I oppose the removal of the Claiborne Elevated. And, I am a citizen of the state of Louisiana. Please don't attempt to patronize us.
Claiborne Ave. still exists there as a surface arterial along with I-10, and is easily accessible from all corners, so that's not an issue for businesses.
The reason why I-10 was built there was NOT to "destroy" Treme, but as a compromise after the original Riverfront Expressway proposal was axed due to severe opposition from other neighborhoods. It serves as the main access to downtown NOLA, the Superdome, the French Quarter, and, with its connections with the Westbank Expressway via the Crescent City Connection, the WB communities of Algers, Gretna, Marrero, and others. In other words, it's npt just about Treme here.
Also, plenty of Black folk iin NOLA live east of the Industrial Canal, and use the Claiborne to commute downtown. I guess they're racist, too?
Job creation within a neighborhood is affected by a combination of things, not just "travelling at more appropriate speeds". If a business has what people demand at an affordable price, then they will attract customers regardless of whether an Interstate is nearby. In fact, better to have a high-capacity facility nearby so that more people can access that business.
Plus, there's nothing that says that Treme couldn't be revived without keeping the Claiborne intact. Alexandria sure hasn't been hurt with I-49 being elevated passing through the middle of their city.