The site is one of a network of neighborhood centers throughout
the city that share a core program, but with additional programs tailored to each location.
This center, which combines food, music, and architecture programs, is named in honor
of Austin Leslie, local resident and chef, 1934 - 2005.
Possible events and programs
include: apprenticeship training (all ages), after school programs, concert series, second
line parades, Friday night fish fry, Monday night rice and beans, Sunday night gumbo,
rebuilding workshops, rebuilding "barn raising" events, confidential Neighborhood
The site, located at the intersection of Bayou Road and Esplanade Avenue,
can metaphorically re-stitch the surrounding neighborhoods by reconnecting the block.
Bayou Road would become a ceremonial route, preventing car traffic, but allowing parades
to pass through and distinguished by brick paving (as in the original road).