Squandered Heritage Vintage

Speaking of Code Enforcement

This house was in the process of being primed to paint it

The City cited it for code violation

Primed Front

Here is it 2 weeks later..

Now the owner has to go to City Hall to prove the house is not in violation.

Painted Front

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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.

  • bobbi

    Just went to violation hearing today. It was incredible. I represented the owner that had to go to work. The ladies at the front desk could give us no information other than ‘sit down and wait for your name to be called’. No information on what paperwork was required to represent an owner at the hearing. Sit down and wait for your name to be called. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to catch a housing inspector that ‘abated’ the property and dismissed the case ( i think). No word to why this was a code violation when the owner had a valid building permit posted in the window at the time of inspection. Nothing… I also talked to another resident two blocks over that received a violation for bagged trash in front of his house that he was waiting to be picked up. Another homeowner was cited for missing three pieces of weatherboard… All the blighted rat infested properties and this is what is going on?