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Coastal Desk

Mid-City Sinkhole Tour — Join Us!

Tegan Wendland
Sinkhole on Broad St. circa 2016. An oldie but a goodie.

Sinkholes. Potholes. The streets of New Orleans are full of them. No matter how you get around — by bus, car, bike — you've probably seen (and felt) your fair share of them. 

WWNO's Coastal Desk is hosting a sinkhole and pothole tour in Mid-City on May 12, in collaboration with The Lens and iSeeChange, and we'd love for you to join us. 

On this tour, we'll visit a handful of sites in Mid City submitted by residents — and try to figure out what caused them. Coastal scientist Alex Kolker, from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, will be on hand to talk about the connections between subsidence, coastal land loss and infrastructure — and to help diagnose the blemishes in the road. 

We'll talk about the city- and citizen-led solutions to these issues, too, like green infrastructure and alternative water management.


  • It's FREE
  • Saturday, May 12, from 2-4 p.m.
  • Meeting place: Lafitte Greenway @ Jefferson Davis  (2 p.m.)
  • Ending place: Mid City Yacht Club (4 p.m.)
  • This is a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes and warm-weather clothes. A nice, big bottle of water is a good idea, too!

Can't wait to see y'all there!
Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Foundation for Louisiana, and local listeners.

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