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Demo of the Day

Over the last few weeks the slippery eel has been hard at work demolishing properties that for some reason have escaped HCDRC review.

Here is the demo of the day in MidCity.

4037 Banks

While the residents of the City have encouraged active reinvestment in the City, the City itself has encouraged, promoted and provided the means to create active dis-investment.

That house on your block that could have been easily repaired?

8525 Apricot Street


A soon to be garbage filled lot. Drive by, check it out. Filled with crap.

8525 Apricot Street

That adorable double that could have provided housing?

4144 Bienville


The house is in the landfill and the vacant lot, a new illegal landfill site.

4144 Bienville St

Just a short drive a way..we have a cute little corner building ready to be renovated and serve the public. Add some value to the Neighborhood.


Oh no..it is gone

2837 Bienville Restaurant

Thanks for the photo Editor B
In the meantime these properties owned by HANO are left standing.

Brace yourself

1436 Caffin Ave HANO Blight

While they continue to try and demolish these. Cause you know what kind of people lived there, don’t you? It’s true!


What we have here is a fetish

High density and concentrated poverty is the problem. If we just reduce the number of units by redeveloping them, spreading them out, and building mixed income or mixed use buildings we can revitalize these communities.
This statement illustrates what social scientists call a spatial fetish. A spatial fetish is a theory or belief that claims poverty, crime, delinquency, or other social ills are caused by poor urban planning, residential density and crowding, or general urban environment. It is a fetish because it draws attention away from the real causes of poverty. It is appealing because it proposes simple solutions that involve mostly the redevelopment of urban space without the need to address issues of racism or social justice.

Thanks Dedra

Maybe stick some FEMA trailers on those lots.

So here we are letting market forces do the job, and right now the market force is demolition. Let’s face it, it is easy..not cheap, so a fair number of folks are making a nice profit off it. And it sounds like progress to our Mayor. But it sounds like, looks like and feels like despair to those of us who do not live on Park Island

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About Karen Gadbois

Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use. With television reporter Lee Zurik she exposed widespread misuse of city recovery funds and led to guilty pleas in federal court. Her work attracted some of journalism's highest honors, 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.

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    Thanks so much for this post, this is a really important issue for New Orleans. I wish people were more distressed.

  • People ARE distressed but those making the decisions don’t care and are too wrapped up in their punitive warrants–that the cure for poverty and low wages is shame and punishment for the poor, not slumlords, not greed-reduced wages, not neglected schools or city disinterest and ulterior motives.

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  • Thank you for this Karen.

    I’ve already stated my concerns and what I am going to do.

    This cannot stand.

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  • Julia


    Keep up the pressure, good work. As we both personally know, the New Orleans MSM doesn’t want to air the “other” viewpoint — your blog is an important source of awareness on this sad situation. Thank you.

    Bravo for the post on spatial fetish. People who actually know something about the underclass — people who work and care for them — know that density doesn’t cause social problems. I am shocked at how many middle class citizens in our city seem to be so unaware and uncompassionate regarding the less fortunate, whether it be socially, racially, mentally, health-challenged or whatever.

    People’s idea that runaway demolition is going to solve our problems not only wrongheaded, but injurous in so many ways. Architectural heritage, for one. Housing for the poor, second. People’s lives and memories destroyed, three. The environment, four. And on and on.

    You see time and again in world history; a damaged people turn around and inflict damage on others with impunity.

    “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.” Words that apparently are uttered at church on Sunday only.

    Thanks for the important work you are doing,


  • Julia,

    This is the City that begs it’s residents to come home, remember?

    We miss you…

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