CLAIBORNE AVENUE ALLIANCE DESIGN STUDIO
DESTROYING ST. BERNARD CIRCLE WAS A CRIME
The beloved St. Bernard traffic circle was sacrificed for the building of I-10. The behemoth of a highway destroyed the neighborhood’s beloved neutral ground, an early nod to civic place making and beauty. The circle brought an elegant geometry and grandeur to the angular confluence of streets at St. Bernard and Claiborne Avenues. It allowed cars to smoothly navigate the complex intersection, reducing the probability of crashes. Rebuilding the St. Bernard circle will reduce the number of traffic lights at the intersection and provide an opportunity to create graceful open space. A thoughtfully designed circle and flanking green spaces could absorb and store stormwaters which have inundated the area over the years.
URBAN DEVELOPMENT PATTERNS
Photo: Amy Stelly