The mission of the Carrollton Area Network is multifold:
- To build a sense of community among neighborhoods and other organizations within and outside the boundaries of CAN.
- To provide the means for the neighborhood organizational leaders to exchange ideas, prioritize projects, propose solutions, and implement plans for the Carrollton area.
- To provide neighborhood organizations an effective communications link with governmental agencies and other civic groups.
- To empower neighborhood organizations to work together and to form a collective, united voice in promoting and improving the Carrollton area.
- To accept changes required to enhance the community's future and vitality while maintaining its distinctive assets and strengths.
- To establish constructive relationships, promote effective communication, and develop positive action plans among all neighborhood organizations within CAN and the mission of CAN.
After Hurricane Katrina, several new neighborhood associations and organizations were formed to help in the planning and repopulation of their neighborhoods. In addition, several neighborhoods along Carrollton that did not flood began to observe that they were left out from the process, and determinations were being made about the city and their neighbors without their input. The pressures of development, code enforcement, and crime in the area had increased. As a result, communications among neighborhood organizations and their leaders began without a formal structure. A forum to discuss the issues and share in their experience lead to the formation of the Carrollton Area Network, or CAN for short. Although it took several months to build the informal forum, the energy and motivation to succeed was very strong.
1. Tree and Landscape Ordinance for Carrollton Avenue - a model for adoption for the reminder of the city.
2. Tree Protection for Carrollton Avenue improvements
3. A crime and security committee to share information and strategies for detering crime
4. Camaraderie committee to foster better relationships among the member neighborhood organizations such as:
* Christmas Caroling at Palmer Park
* Celebration of the return of the Carrollton Avenue streetcar to the end of the line
5. Hold presentations and meetings for the entire area on particular subjects important for all neighborhoods. Meetings held so far include:
* Council President's meeting held quarterly among all the member organizations
* Facilitated crime deterring strategies with the of the 2nd District Police
* Meetings with the city's Department of Streets on improvements for Earhart Blvd.
* Presentations and discussions with city officials on the return of the Carrollton Shopping Center
* Hosted the meetings for the Design Review Committee for Carrollton Avenue
* Hold regular face-to-face meetings with the areas elected officials
* At the request of a member organization, organize discussions to share information and receive advice
The boundaries of the Carrollton Neighborhood Association are defined as the Mississippi River to I-10, and the Jefferson Parish line to Boardway Avenue in New Orleans.
Carrollton Riverbend Neighborhood Association and CRNA - Jerry Speirs
Carrollton United - Jean Fisher
Central Carrollton Association - H. V. Nagendra
Fontainebleau Improvement Association - Terry Walker
Gert Town - John McKnight, site email
Hollygrove Community Development Corporation - Paul Baricos
Hollygrove Neighbors - Carol Dotson, site email
Maple Area Resident's, Inc. - Teddy Martin
Northwest Carrollton Civic Association - Janel Hazlet
Oak Street Association and OSA - Marilyn Kearney
Palmer Park Neighborhood Association - Anne Fuselier (site email)
Pensiontown Neighborhood - Tilman Hardy
Trinity Christian Community - Kevin Brown
Upper Audubon Association - John Lafargue
Uptown Triangle Neighborhood Association - Sheldon Hersh
For other New Orleans neighborhood organizations, visit the Neighborhood Associations page sponsored by the Neighborhoods Partnership Network.