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Rally Against Unathorized Demolition in the French Quarter

Rally in the Quarter

A Message from Nathan Chapman.

Nathan Chapman and Carol Greve

Thursdays French Quarter Rally, protesting the slashed budget of our vital historic Commissions, specifically, the Vieux Carre Commission and the Historic District Landmarks Commission,was a huge success!

Rally in French Quarter

Citizens, businesses and even the contractor agreed that a better staffed VCC would help everyone.
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And that an inspector could have caught and prevented the unauthorized demolition of this historic briquette entre poteaux cottage at 1025 Orleans before it was too late.

With so much riding on the future of the French Quarter, we call upon the city to announce, in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of Katrina, the restoration of at least one inspector for the Vieux Carre Commission. In a time of a profound budget crisis, is this asking too much? No, with so much at stake, it is asking too little.

Rally in the French Quarter

Thank you to all who attended, despite the heat! A very special THANK YOU to City Councilman James Carter, who left the City Council meeting to come show his support, and former City Councilmember Jackie Clarkson.

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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.

  • alan

    Wow. An unauthorized demolition in the French Quarter. How did that happen? How does one sneak a demolition into the historic heart of the city? Why wasn’t this stopped?

  • It is a construction site, and there is some controvery as to the aggresiveness of the Contractor. He was there at the rally and there was a bit of a dust up, but for the most part people were focussed on the real situation. The fact that City Staff has been cut dramatically, and that it is impossible for inspectors to keep an eye on these job sites

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  • UptwnGirl

    FYI, I don’t think that’s Lisa Mazique in the picture you posted. I’ve met her before and she’s taller and thinner and doesn’t look like that

  • Thanks, someone sent me that photo of Lisa Mazique but you are probably correct. I will post that on the entry.
    Thanks again