The zoning panel hears about safety issues and access for the handicapped, but the overarching reason for a lot of illegally paved yards is less often acknowledged: personal convenience at the expense of neighbors.
Illegally paved yards, short-term rentals and demolition by neglect draw One Stop Shop scrutiny; Spotted Cat gets go-ahead.
Unsightliness is one problem. The other is that a flood-prone city like New Orleans needs to be able to absorb as much rainwater as possible, something concrete is not good at.
Pave first, ask permission later: That seems to be the philosophy in three cases before the city.
One step forward, another step back. Back in September, The Lens wrote about the unpermitted paving at this house on Burdette Street in Carrollton after reader Kurt Buchert submitted a photo.
Sure it’s ugly, but at least you won’t have to mow the lawn! photo: Karen Gadbois
Somebody call 311!