Having in the past served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, the Bureau of Governmental Research, the Preservation Resource Center and having a love for the performing arts, culture, recreation, and tourism Edgar feels a strong affinity to the City of New Orleans and particularly to the Lafitte Corridor. His family owns Dooky Chase Restaurant, a cultural landmark in Treme, and his father’s Big Jazz Band musicians mostly lived in or grew up around the Lafitte Housing Development. Today, Edgar and his wife, Alva, have three sons and four grandchildren. The Chase family would love to live to see their grandkids ride bikes in safety from their homes on Orleans Avenue all the way to Lake Pontchartrain along the Lafitte Greenway. Health and environmental safety is one of the most important aspects of “Great Cities.” The Chases believe New Orleans is poised for greatness. As Vice President of Facilities Planning at Dillard University, Mr. Chase attempts everyday to make a “more livable and sustainable New Orleans and Dillard University” the watchwords of his commitment to a better New Orleans.
Lake Douglas is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at LSU/BR and has lived on Bayou St. John since 1987. He was involved in forming FOLC and has served as a FOLC Board Member since 2006. Lake is a writer and he participated in assembling the recently released Master Plan for the Lafitte Greenway. He was recently named to the Lafitte Greenway Task Force. Lake’s career has also included being an arts consultant and cultural planner, as well as a stint as manager of Union Passenger Terminal.
Bart Everson of Mid-City commutes by bike to his job as a media artist at Xavier University’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching. In the spring of 2005 and 2006, Bart organized hikes of the Lafitte Corridor which spawned the organization of Friends of Lafitte Corridor. Bart is a former board member of both the Urban Conservancy and the Mid City Neighborhood Organization. Bart and his wife Christy Paxson recently celebrated the birth of their first, last and only child.