These meetings are coming up week after next. This is what FOLC has been working for these last five years. These meetings will begin to shape what the greenway will be. If you’ve got specific ideas, this is how to let them be known. Or just come to learn about the Lafitte Corridor and give […]

Read More → Greenway Planning Meetings: Your Participation Is Critical

Here’s a letter which I hope to present directly to representatives of Goody Clancy at tonight’s District 4 meeting (6PM @ Jesuit). Dear Goody Clancy, Friends of Lafitte Corridor has been reviewing the Master Plan draft. It is quite impressive. However, there are several points that concern us. We believe that the revitalization of the […]

Read More → Dear Goody Clancy

Thanks to my friend Jason Neville for bringing this choice piece of research to my attention: “We put rats in relatively large areas with objects and routes resembling those in Manhattan,” explains Prof. Eilam. The rats, he found, do the same things humans do: They establish a grid system to orient themselves. Using the grid, […]

Read More → NOLA vs. NYC: Rodent’s Eye View

Yesterday I spoke with Jennifer Weishaupt, president of Mid-City Neighborhood Organization, about the possibility of the VA hospital at the site of the old Lindy Boggs Medical Center (Mercy Hospital). As you may be aware, Victory Real Estate Investments has assembled some parcels of land, including the old hospital. They were hoping to build a […]

Read More → VA Lindy?

I cajoled Xy into attending our local meeting of the School Facilities Master Plan for Orleans Parish on Tuesday night. It reminded me of the infamous “Summer of Planning.” Specifically it reminded me of the America Speaks sessions which I never attended (having already been burned out by the Lambert process) but which I read […]

Read More → So Dark the Con of Man

I’m famous at last, quoted in an article on the Village Voice website by Anya Kamenetz, a former New Orleanian. “I’ve lost all sense of what’s normal,” says New Orleans resident Bart Everson. His house, which took on five feet of water, stands at a crossroads in the city’s recovery — one of the points […]

Read More → “I’ve lost all sense of what’s normal.”

This past weekend felt like a watershed for my neighborhood, but it also left me feeling overwhelmed. Our Mid-City recovery planning meeting with Clifton James took place Saturday morning, and it was both uplifting and inspiring and surprising. We’d expected Clifton to make some sort of presentation. Instead, he pretty much turned it over to […]

Read More → Overwhelmed

So I went to the neighborhood planning meeting for Mid-City and Gert Town Saturday morning, and was deeply disturbed by what I saw there. Something doesn’t smell right. It’s not just the lack of publicity for this particular meeting. The whole process seems suspect. The aim is to come up with a recovery plan for […]

Read More → Fattening Frogs for Snakes

I got my sample ballot. Here’s how I plan to vote in the runoff Saturday: Clerk, Criminal District Court Nick Varrecchio, Democrat, Ballot # 21 Mayor, City of New Orleans “Mitch” Landrieu, Democrat, Ballot # 61 Councilmember(s) at Large Arnie Fielkow, Democrat, Ballot # 73 Councilmember, District B Stacy Head, Democrat, Ballot # 92 I […]

Read More → How I’m Voting in the Runoff

According to a story in the morning paper, our neighborhood has four months to prove its viability. This is according to the new plan from the mayor’s Bring New Orleans Back commission. (Actually it’s supposed to be unveiled this afternoon. I guess someone leaked it to the paper.) It appears to be a compromise between […]

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