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In your own Backyard

I came home and the Neighbor was knocking down this addition to his house. Without a permit. They were preparing to attach a cable to the roof and pull it down with a truck. This after 2 days of sledge hammer work. Another neighbor, concerned that the gas pipes had not been capped called the Police. I have a feeling I am going to be looking at this for a long time.


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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.

  • What is the penalty for demolishing a house without a permit? Does it matter if it’s the whole house vs just part of the house?

    It must’t be much, or not enforced if people are doing it so brazenly. Hmm.

  • William

    I thought that house looked familiar. You’re lucky they tried to demo it with a sledgehammer and not dynamite. The owner is not the brightest penny in the pile. Thank your neighbor for me for reporting it. Why was she demolishing it, by the way?