Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium

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Admission: Free
Location: Basin Street Station
501 Basin Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Phone: (504) 558-6100
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Fred Tombar, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of HUD

Fred Tombar, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of HUD


Recovering Disrupted Sites
Treme 411: The Future of Our Historic Neighborhood

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
Basin Street Station
501 Basin Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Free Admission

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, in collaboration with the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development, presents a Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium on Friday, Nov. 9.

Discussions in the morning will focus on how to incorporate diverse communities into recovery efforts when areas are devastated in various ways. From the Lower 9th Ward being inundated after Hurricane Katrina, to the disappearing coastline in southern Louisiana to Treme being ravaged by demolition and neglect, many communities in our region and nationally are struggling to recover from massive disruptions.

In the afternoon, a series of presenters will provide the latest information on many of the real estate development projects that are either in process or under discussion in and around the historic Treme neighborhood. While progress is always welcome, many in the community have questions about how these developments will impact them. We’ll get into the details of what’s really happening.

A lunch-time discussion will address the question, “What should Armstrong Park be?” Although a major effort to renovate and clean large sections of the park has been completed, other parts of the park remain in disrepair and underused. Meanwhile, the Municipal Auditorium, flooded in Katrina, sits empty. We ask a distinguished panel to share their visions for how this central and potentially vital space could be transformed into a hub of activity for visitors and locals.

Keynote speakers include Fredrick Tombar III, a New Orleans native who is senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Admission to the symposium free. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and a cocktail reception will follow. Seating is limited. For the full schedule, see

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