Musicians' VillageMonday, June 18, 2012
Another community I wanted to visit in New Orleans was Musicians' Village, which was conceived by Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, and organized by Habitat for Humanity. The idea behind the post-K project was, as they put it:
...establishment of a community for the city’s several generations of musicians and other families, many of whom had lived in inadequate housing prior to the catastrophe and remain displaced in its aftermath. A central part of this vision is the establishment of a focal point for teaching, sharing and preserving the rich musical tradition of a city that has done so much to shape the art of the past century. The concept was quickly embraced by NOAHH, the organization that has developed a model for building single-family homes that low-income families may purchase with zero-interest financing. In keeping with its commitment to build not just homes but communities, NOAHH has given its support to an effort that redefines neighborhood revitalization.
There are 70+ of these single-family homes. Short bios of some of the residents here.