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Yesterday this house on Delachaise collapsed.

3963 Delachaise

The reason I had a photo of it is that it was on an Imminent Danger of Collapse list.

So while the City had cited it 4 times as a Health threat and then declared it officially in Danger of Collapse it stood for 7 more months. There seems to be a lot of press attention to this issue, even before the collapse. I heard the Mayor on television talking about picking up the pace of demolitions how sad that the City was unable to move forward on a house that was in danger of collapse and eventually took out another house with it.

If there is a property which is indeed in Imminent Danger of Collapse then the City should proceed. But to use the words as recklessly and loosly as they have instills no confidence in the ability to identify and move on these houses and leave the viable ones alone.

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  • 504crank

    Can we declare City Hall a health threat and in imminent danger of collapse?

  • ClarkT

    That is so wrong.

    Another unopened succession. I wonder when the owners passed away? How long have their heirs been fighting over who gets what out of the property?

  • I’m glad you had the info. ready on this. When I first heard about the collapse, I thought that Nagin would attempt to blame it on opposition to the demolitions. That would have been absurd, because it would have no bearing on the city’s inability, or unwillingness, to distinguish between houses that belonged on the imminent threat list and houses that didn’t.

    I didn’t expect to blame FEMA because it would be so easy for FEMA to contradict him. As a purely tactical matter, do you think people need to a lot of screaming about FEMA to insure that it will speak up?

  • FEMA won’t contradict him because he is largely irrelevant.

    He is attacking local Historical review panels of which, ironically his appointee has been absent from.