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LSU/VA footprint

It seems that half of New Orleans is at the Supermarket on a Sunday. I ran into Gayle, at the market today. I had just read her letter to the editor

A lot of the people impacted by this “decision” feel that they have not been given a chance to weigh in on the effects of the decisions made, decisions made with no public input.

So for the fun of it, I made a map of another area that already has a hospital and is close to public transit and did not flood.

Fantasy LSU VA

I don’t have great map maping skills but I think you get the picture. What if the residents of that Neighborhood were told their houses would be demolished and a new “state of the art” hospital would be built in it’s place, do you think they would be upset or angry or be happy to relocate to allow the greater good to prevail?


Just for comparison Becky Houtman sent me a copy of the Recovery plan done by the Neighborhood for this site.

Neighborhood Hospital Plan

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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.

  • I just set up a group in Flickr, LSU/VA hospital footprint to collect photos of the cultural assets, architecture and neighbors threatened by this footprint: between Rocheblave, Canal, Tulane and Gravier. Please submit your pix.

  • Billygoat Park

    Alex’s Mini Mart was, for many decades, Nelson’s Grocery.

    Please post addresses with all pictures.

    Thank you for doing this.