Squandered Heritage Vintage

The Times Picayune weighs in

In this City filled with blighted and damaged homes, it is hard to imagine how the City could choose what they did. MAybe it has something more to do where your home is located that what your home looks like. Just a thought.

This house is on the list.

3044-46 St.Peter

So while there are some people in the City who think this demolition list is the answer to their prayers, think again Judy

So there you have it, we are having house genocide in the City and the Times Picayune sends in the Food Writer.

I feel the Pulitzer glow has faded.

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  • I can understand why the T/P wants its writers to write about their personal experiences, but those are the kind of stories that the editors need to look at most critically. The writer’s miffed because her neighbor doesn’t weed her yard aggressively enough and she can’t be objective — good luck when it’s a vacant lot. I grew up next to Betsy vacant lot and it was a great (if mildly hazardous) playground for a kid to live next to, but it was covered with weeds until the early seventies.

    I’ll say it again, the T/P wasn’t that good post-K. The Pullitzer was mostly for continuing to publish. Read the archives, after that one great editorial criticizing Bush, the editors and staff seemed to be afraid of looking like a home town paper or of being accused of liberal bias. The was almost no criticism of Bush or the federal response from the time of the Jackson Square speech until Marty Bahamonde’s testimony made it safe to criticize Washington again. So T/P op-ed writers defended the mayor’s handling of the crisis months later during the election, but didn’t defend city government when pictures of flooded school buses were all over the air waves — they had a national online readership at the time.

    Though I’m sure the links (to Picayune articles) no longer work, here’s what I wrote when I got frustrated reading the T/P at the time: