“In 2009 we took on the very large task of redeveloping Fat City. Those of us involved in this process take great pride in driving through the streets of Fat City and seeing how change, though controversial, has been a good thing. We worked closely with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and have been able to neutralize the area – many new businesses have responded and decided to invest in Fat City, bringing new products and services as well as new customers to Fat City. Redeveloping this crucial neighborhood in the heart of the East Bank of Jefferson Parish would not have happened without the commitment of Fat City Friends, which includes those within government as well as local business owners who volunteered so much of their time and energy to this great effort.”
–Cynthia Lee-Sheng, Jefferson Parish Councilwoman-at-Large for Division B
Fat City Friends, Inc. a non-profit Corporation organized to support the re-vitalization of the Fat City community. Currently in the works are several initiatives aimed at enriching the Fat City District experience for all visitors and stakeholders of the Fat City District.
“Fat City” is an area of about 100 acres and is located adjacent to one of the largest and most prosperous shopping areas in the southeastern United States, Lakeside Shopping Center.
Fat City was once considered as the ‘French Quarter’ of Jefferson Parish and was a hotbed of music clubs and restaurants. Over time however, the area declined and lost much of its vibrancy and attractiveness.
Today however, due to the determined efforts of public officials and private citizens, Fat City is being reinvented and there is an exciting opportunity to build on these recent efforts. Just as the Times Square area was restored as the physical and cultural heartbeat of NYC, Fat City can be redeveloped as a town center for Jefferson, attracting new commercial activity and fostering a new vitality for Fat City residents.
From Wikipedia and who are we to argue – “In the 1970s and early 1980s, an area of bars and nightclubs opened in a section of Metairie known as “Fat City.” Fat City is now the most racially diverse area in the New Orleans Metropolitan Area and is home to a vibrant restaurant scene.”
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