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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.

As Coastal Reporter, Travis Lux covers flood protection, coastal restoration, infrastructure, the energy and seafood industries, and the environment. In this role he's reported on everything from pipeline protests in the Atchafalaya swamp, to how shrimpers cope with low prices. He had a big hand in producing the series, New Orleans: Ready Or Not?, which examined how prepared New Orleans is for a future with more extreme weather. In 2017, Travis co-produced two episodes of TriPod: New Orleans at 300 examining New Orleans' historic efforts at flood protection. One episode, NOLA vs Nature: The Other Biggest Flood in New Orleans History, was recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors and the New Orleans Press Club. His stories often find a wider audience on national programs, too, like NPR's Morning Edition, WBUR's Here and Now, and WHYY's The Pulse.

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