Over the last year that has felt like a million lifetimes we have come across a number of people who have had their homes demolished by the City.

It reminded me of a book I read a number of years ago, “The House of Sand and Fog”:http://www.randomhouse.com/vintage/read/sandandfog/ The premise of the book is that a woman loses her home because she ignored notices from the City that resulted in the seizure and sale of her home. At the time many people thought the initial premise was flawed. In our work Post Disaster I would suggest that the premise is not only believable but worse. The City does not even have the obligation to send notification via registered mail. They can just send a letter and as many of us know Post Disaster mail is not working as well as it should.

No Demolition

A number of property owners who have lost their homes have contacted us.

If your home was demolished without proper notification or against your wishes please e mail me.


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...