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For months we have been working on this issue, so we were very pleased to see the Times Pic jump in. A special thanks to Michelle Krupa for taking hard look at the facts.

Thanks to Matt McBride who has been diligent in his defense of New Orleans in spite of his relocation.

The first time we became concerned about this issue was in May when we saw this in the paper

Imminent Danger

and then went and saw this

3519 Washington St

After we alerted Chanel she went down to City Hall and discovered her damage assesment had been altered WITHOUT her knowledge or consent.

Since then we have been attempting to shed some light on this issue.

The other day we saw this house had been issued a demolition permit, in spite of the fact that the owner had been through the process of getting his house OFF the demolition list and been given assurances that his house would not be demolished.

1325 Franklin

Let’s hope the City pays attention to the fact that we are paying attention.

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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 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.