St. Roch Market should be affordable and accessible, residents say | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Chet Overall of the Lagniappe Brass Band is concerned that the redeveloped market won’t cater to the needs of the community. He says, “There is a big divide between the Marigny and St. Roch. It feels like gentrification is moving in. We’re all trying to pay our bills.”
Lakeview doubles caught between Road Home, ordinance | WWL-TV
The city’s interpretation of a special post-Katrina zoning ordinance is keeping some rental property owners in Lakeview from using more than $1 million in federal money to repair storm-damaged doubles.
Neighbors protest potential re-routing of freight traffic to Mid-City, Hollygrove | WWL-TV – Opposition grows to a proposal to route train traffic through the Hollygrove neighborhood near Earhart Expressway. More public meetings about the proposals are scheduled for the summer, and an environmental impact assessment won’t be ready until 2015.
Live blog: Algiers charter board gets input on moving three schools to local oversight | The Lens – Live-blog coverage of Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Algiers Charter School Association. Three Algiers schools are eligible, and the board plans to vote on returning the schools to local oversight at its Thursday meeting.
New Orleans leads nation in percentage of public charter school enrollment | The Washington Post
New Orleans led the nation last year as the city with the greatest percentage of students enrolled in public charter schools, followed by Detroit and the District of Columbia, according to a new survey released Tuesday by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
Changing Course design competition picks world’s best brains on how to restore Louisiana coast | The Lens – Eight teams from around the world are in the running for $400,000 to develop ideas for coastal restoration. Two to four teams will be selected, and their plans could be included in the state’s Master Plan to rebuild the coast.
Freeh investigation parallels BP settlement dispute | The Southeast Texas Record – Loyola University law professor Blaine LeCesne says it would be “almost impossible” for fraud to have occurred in BP oil spill settlement program, which is currently under investigation. Blogger Jason Berry takes issue with what he regards as LeCesne’s “much ado about nothing” reaction.
Drilling for Tuscaloosa Marine Shale impacts rural parishes | The Louisiana Weekly – Newly-minted environmental activist retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré has concerns about increased fracking in the Florida parishes. The article explains an interesting contrast between landowner rights in Mississippi and Louisiana, which is related to the fracking boom.
The New New Amsterdam | BURN – Like New Orleans, New York City is a coastal city that is taking cues on flood protection methods from the Netherlands.
With dear friends like Big Oil, are we our own worst enemies? | The Lens – My latest column: “We’ve continue to swallow ludicrous, fear-laced arguments from Big Oil’s policymakers while the southern third of our state dissolves. Then we re-elect them.”
In Harm’s Way | Human Rights Watch – A new 57-page report claims that state laws and practices that “prohibit access to sterile syringes and criminalize sex work contribute to an uncontrolled HIV epidemic and an extremely high AIDS death rate” in New Orleans. The report calls for changes in state and local laws and policies that “stigmatize, discriminate against, and facilitate police abuse of sex workers and drug users, and interfere with health services for people at high risk for HIV.”
jewel bush: Hope amid an epidemic | Uptown Messenger – The columnist claims that HIV rates are skyrocketing in numerous southern cities and that “Baton Rouge and New Orleans are in the top three cities with the highest infection rates in the country. Welcome to the new battlefront for HIV/AIDS: the South.”
La. Supreme Court punts on challenge to gun law | The New Orleans Advocate
The Louisiana Supreme Court largely punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
Government & Politics
Letter portends debate over how to spend money raised by tax amnesty program | The Lens – Some interpret a recent letter from state Rep. Joel Robideaux as a cautionary tale on budget gimmickry. Others see it as a veritable blueprint for continued trickery.
James Carville: America’s best success | The Hill – Political analyst Carville enumerates the reasons for New Orleans’ turnaround since Katrina and the Federal Flood. In his inimitable style, he admits that he is biased in favor of the Crescent City but is convinced that “objective observers would agree” with his argument. (Via the New Orleans Ladder)
Rep. Scalise: Sequester ‘Only Mechanism’ to Control Spending | Newsmax – As House and Senate negotiators were finalizing a budget agreement, Rep. Steve Scalise and other GOP conservatives pushed for a continuation of sequester funding levels. He told Newsmax TV: “Ultimately what we’ve been pushing for is to finally control Washington spending, and right now the only mechanism that’s actually going to be successful at doing that is the sequester.”