2018 National Planning Conference

Metairie - Fat City Transformation

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

Location: Mobile Workshop Departure Area

CM | 3

Cost: $39.00

Activity Type: Mobile Workshops

Activity ID: NPC180012


  • Practical, proven tools for transforming a neighborhood
  • How to identify stakeholders involved in community transformation
  • Strategies for “urbanizing suburbia"


Fat City is adjacent to Jefferson Parish’s major shopping mall and includes 134 acres of commercial and residential development that began in the 1970s as a suburban substitute for Bourbon Street. This mobile workshop will feature a driving tour of the Fat City neighborhood, a panel presentation and discussion on site, and a walking tour of the Fat City pedestrian core. Explore legacy development adjacent to newly renovated or under-construction sites by bus. Then hear from a panel of seven individuals who contributed to developing and implementing a plan for Fat City’s transformation. Panelists will discuss the public engagement, visioning, regulations, infrastructure, financing, and politics that have started Fat City’s transformation to a vibrant, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. Finally, take a walking tour of the pedestrian core to see firsthand some of the more remarkable changes to the built environment.

Mobile Workshop Guides

Jennifer Van Vrancken
Jefferson Parish
Jefferson, LA

Melissa A. Guilbeau, AICP
Jefferson Parish
New Orleans, LA

Nick R. Jenisch, AICP
New Orleans, LA

Michael J. Lauer, AICP
Michael Lauer Planning, LLC
Melbourne Beach, FL

Jerry Bologna
Avondale, LA

Pat LeBlanc
Metairie Business Development District
Metairie, LA

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