UNO Faculty and Students Welcome Ithaca Mayor to New Orleans

Ithaca MayorNew Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and University of New Orleans Assistant Professor of Planning and Urban Studies Michelle Thompson welcome Mayor of Svante Myrick of Ithaca, NY, to UNO for the Sustainability and Globalization Lecture Series and a tour of the city.

Svante Myrick, the mayor of Ithaca, NY, toured various New Orleans neighborhoods, met with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and will speak at a lecture tonight on an invitation from University of New Orleans professor Michelle Thompson.

Thompson, who is an assistant professor of planning and urban studies and a native of Ithaca, arranged for Myrick to visit New Orleans and speak at the Sustainability and Globalization Lecture Series. The lecture, which is co-sponsored by UNO’s Department of Planning and Urban Studies, will take place tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Tulane University School of Architecture Lecture Hall.

Yesterday UNO graduate student Alena Anderson gave Mayor Myrick a tour of City Park, New Orleans East and Treme. Kim Washington, with Associated Neighborhood Development, briefed the mayor on the progress made in the Hoffman Triangle neighborhood. Thompson conducted a tour of the Lower Ninth Ward where she spoke with Mayor Myrick about affordable housing development and areas in need of investment.  Today Thompson helped arrange a meeting between Mayors Myrick and Landrieu. The two mayors had previously met at the White House in the spring.

At 25 years old, Mayor Myrick is the youngest mayor in America. He was first elected to Ithaca’s Common Council during his junior year at Cornell University. At age 24, he won a four-way mayoral race to become the youngest mayor in Ithaca’s history as well as the city’s first mayor of African-American ancestry. His first budget proposal closed a $3 million gap by radically restructuring departments; it will result in the lowest tax increase in the City of Ithaca since 2000.