Canal Street Redevelopment
As the main thoroughfare of downtown New Orleans, Canal Street serves as the gateway to the Central Business District and the French Quarter neighborhoods. Manning Architects participated on a team that included economists and urban planners, and worked to create a plan that encouraged retail resurgence, an increase in residential development, expansion of the adjacent medical district, and ultimately revitalize Canal Street. The plan envisioned Canal Street as a historic, inviting, and safe destination that offered unique shopping, dining, and family entertainment. While its streetcars experienced damage from flooding due to Hurricane Katrina, the tracks on Canal Street remained intact. This allowed the Regional Transit Authority to re-evaluating the city's transportation systems and address changes in ridership due to the shift in population that occurred as a result of the storm.