Allyson McAbee

Allyson McAbee is a graduate of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Currently living in New Orleans, Louisiana she works at a residential design, build firm while volunteering at gardens and farms around the city. Traveling to various countries initially sparked her interests in Landscape Architecture. While traveling, her desire to understand relationships between various cultures and their environments became apparent. Immediately after graduating Allyson continued her passion for traveling before making a home in New Orleans. In the Big Easy her love for culture, people, food, dancing, music, visual and performance art are available by walking down the street. Allyson plans to pursue a Masters in Urban Studies with a focus on anthropology. Finding fulfillment in community social planning, she would like to not only design with the environment in mind, but for the people who live in it. Her writing will be reflective of her interests in cultural relationships to land.

A Farewell to The Grid, from Allyson McAbee

by Allyson McAbee

New Orleans, Louisiana is a small and unique city. Somehow, even with a population of 37,000 people, you will always bump into someone you know. With that said, a sense of community is the constant throughout Nola's dyna... Read article

Kayaking with Alligators: Ecotourism Louisiana Style

by Allyson McAbee

The terms “going green” and “ecotourism” have shown up more and more across the globe in design fields such as urban planning, landscape architecture, and environmental non-profits. Although this idea of environmentalism... Read article

Saving the Planet One Costumed Bike Party at a Time

by Allyson McAbee

In the United States, a car-driven society, there has been a recent trend toward becoming more conscious of vehicles and their cost on the environment. For some time now the number of vehicles driven in the U.S. has been... Read article

100,000 Trees Wiped Out During Hurricane Leads to Number One Most Deforested City in America

by Allyson McAbee

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in”, a Greek Proverb and the philosophy of most Landscape Architects for America’s future. Therefore, it is great when the majori... Read article

10 Corner Stores, 1 Supermarket: New Orleans Food Desert Encourages Poor Nutrition

by Allyson McAbee

New Orleans, Louisiana is a city loved for its famous food culture and its assortment of unique dishes. So it’s a shame when one also learns this food loving city has also been named a food desert. Despite these famous d... Read article

Walking on Neutral Ground: New Orleans' Unique Landscape Feature

by Allyson McAbee

When visiting New Orleans, non-natives may hear people talking about the “neutral ground,” and most of them will look around and think “the what?” In New Orleans, it’s not only an interesting name, but also a unique land... Read article

New Orleans, Louisiana: 9 Years Later, Storm Water Infrastructure Lacks

by Allyson McAbee

Nine years ago, New Orleans’ history changed physically, socially, and economically due to the massive flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina. The city has made efforts to rebuild, reunite, and make changes for the better.... Read article

New Orleans to Re-Unite 28,000 People Through Design

by Allyson McAbee

For nearly seven years, plans have been in the works to redevelop a three-mile corridor; the once Carondelet canal and railroad, which runs through the center of New Orleans and spans twelve extremely diverse neighborh... Read article

"Where ya Stay at?" How the Accretion of Cultures Becomes Nola’s City Planners

by Allyson McAbee

“Where ya stay at” is a common question for natives of New Orleans, Louisiana. Although phrased differently, this is sometimes a typical question in other American cities; however, New Orleans is not a typical American c... Read article

Renovation Reroute: Plans to Remove Interstate-10 in New Orleans

by Allyson McAbee

In the 1950s, before the construction of Interstate-10, Treme was the wealthiest and first free African American community in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the heart of this community was Claiborne Blvd; a thriving commerci... Read article

Last Call: Will Nola be Completely Submerged by 2040?

by Allyson McAbee

For people of South Louisiana fishing, shrimping, eating oysters and alligator are not just a livelihood but also a way of living. Nearly two million people, about half of Louisiana’s population, have lived and worked ... Read article

Are New Orleans Cultural Events Encouraging Violent Crimes?

by Allyson McAbee

Built in the 1720s, New Orleans, Louisiana is an old city with crumbling streets, historic architecture, and tiny lots. The unique quality about Nola, despite the city’s obvious wear, is the sense of community culturally... Read article

The Death of Street Music in New Orleans

by Allyson McAbee

When you walk down the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana (Nola) there’s much to smell, see, experience, but mostly hear. Hear the beautiful sounds of music floating across the parks, bars, and street corners. Music is th... Read article