McComb Veazey Neighborhood Coterie


Our predominantly African-American neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, ripe with French Creole culture and deep rooted heritage.


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Who We Are


During the summer of 2008, a group of Lafayette City-Parish city planners, residents, churches and business owners began meeting to develop a revitalization plan for the McComb- Veazey Neighborhood.  In an effort to preserve our rich cultural history and neighborhood character, the McComb- Veazey Neighborhood Coterie began the task of implementing our revitalization plan. The McComb- Veazey neighborhood is one of three urban-core neighborhoods surrounding downtown Lafayette, Louisiana and is uniquely poised to both implement and benefit from a food-system approach to neighborhood development. Our predominantly African-American neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, ripe with French Creole culture and deep-rooted heritage. Many of the families in our community have been living in our neighborhood for generations.


Meetings

The 1st Thursday of Each Month


WHERE WE MEET

Time: 6pm
Place: Lafayette Public Library
301 W Congress Street
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501

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OUR STORY

In 1880, the first railroad entered Lafayette, then known as Vermilionville, creating the first transportation divide separating McComb-Veazey from the urban core. The railroad was not the first dissection of the area, but later in the 1960s, the Evangeline Throughway, I-49 Interstate created an even wider gap. Sanborn maps over those years display a slow dismantling of once thriving, dense, healthy neighborhoods. McComb-Veazey has always been a lively, diverse family neighborhood with markets, bars, homes, churches, and was very much a part of the urban core of Lafayette and the home to many Creole families and musicians. Much of the neighborhood history including the Black Mardi Gras, Creole cowboy trail rides, being the late home of the Father of Zydeco Clifton Chenier, and home to Creole food and traditions have not been told or shared or celebrated in a grand way. The commitment of residents has slowly changed that, but there is much more work to be done to preserve our neighborhood heritage and this rare and unique culture for not only Louisiana but for the United States of America.


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