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Tuesdays paper had an interesting article about demolition. Having spent the better part of a year trying to piece together the policy of demolition I was pleased to see an article in the paper.
Demo in Lake VIsta Private demolition Lake Vista

What we have in this City is a desperate desire to move forward. A City where the only sign of progress is demolition. Now that the Good Neighbor Program has attempted to remedy blight we have homeowners who, in lieu of gutting are opting to demolish. What I wonder is this, does the City have a plan for ajudicating the vacant lots? Because after demolition we will see vacant lots used as a dumping ground for garbage.

Each and every agency in the City wants forward motion. They want the metaphorical paper on their desks to go away. The lack of a comprehensive plan to deal with the problem has led to a hodge podge of solutions.

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Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use for Squandered Heritage. For her work with television reporter Lee Zurik exposing widespread misuse of city recovery funds — which led to guilty pleas in federal court — Gadbois won some of the highest honors in journalism, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. She can be reached at (504) 606-6013.