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  • gobraduno

    The designation as an endangered historical site of Charity Hospital and its adjacent neighborhood hopefully will put the skids towards situating the LSU hospital there. Before Hurricane Katrina, plans for this hospital took in little part [north option] or no part [south option] of the neighborhood — and Big Charity would’ve remained open until the new hospital was built. We can only hope that the independent inspection of Big Charity will mean renewal WITHOUT DEMOLITION.

  • BillygoatPark

    Meanwhile, land acquisition continues to be funded and pursued within the proposed footprint as well as in a larger area stretching from Poydras to Orleans and from Claiborne to Broad. (Times-Picayune, “N.O. Seals Deal to Assemble Property for Veterans Hospital” Thursday, November 29, 2007)

    On November 29, 2007, the state and others hosted the only public meeting held to date concerning the LSU portion of the project.

  • BillygoatPark

    Eminent domain will destroy FAR more of New Orleans’ neighborhoods, sense of community and local architecture than were touched by Katrina’s winds or the levee failures’ flood waters. It will spread like wildfire.

    What is the full extent of the area the city wishes to clearcut to make way for the biomedical district? Based on graphics shown on the evening news, the area slated for biomedical redevelopment and probable wholesale demolition appeared to encompass nearly, if not all, of the Mid City National Historic District.

    Has anyone asked what will happen to St. Joseph Church and its congregation, which have served the area since the 1840s? The loss of a congregation known for its community service would be morally reprehensible.

  • gobraduno

    Well put BillygoatPark.
    Last word has Governor Jindal accepting the full LSU proposal for the hospital [even if it is built in stages]. We’ll need to begin to raising these questions every chance we’ll get as the independent inspection of Big Charity along with the National Trust Designation must be combined with community and legal action.

    Details on the National Trust and Big Charity inspection go to http://www.FHL.org