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NOAH and "the file"

Here is one thing that stuck out in my mind from tonight’s report

I think they did a pretty good job of gutting a lot of the housing in the city, Blakely said. Whether their job was absolutely thorough or pristine, I’m not certain of that.

Well then perhaps they should consider sharing that information.

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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.

  • Carmen

    Nice piece. I like Lee. Only one pair of glasses, though, Karen?

    It didn’t seem like there were dates on those particular pages. Do you have dates properties were added to the list, as completed or applied for? Look for clusters. If this is the bottom rung of an elaborate shell game, this money would be the pool (one of several, presumably) to resupply other needs going on at the time. If someone’s asking questions about the lakefront airport, for example, someone else would need to move some figures around.

    Also, the date of Blakely’s shutdown might account for discrepancies between his before and afters and your investigations. Could have started legitimately and then been misused. I’m guessing he’s not complicit, but at some point he’s going to get tired of being used as the distraction. And that might become interesting.

    I’m also guessing that some of the contractors from the list did not get paid the monies listed, but I suppose there’s no way to verify that independently.

  • We watched you chillin’ in the bed with our dog. Keep up the good work Karen!

  • Sal

    I own several damaged properties in the City of New Orleans. How can I obtain or review a list of the properties that supposedly NOAH has worked on to check out if any of my properties have supposedly been worked on?

  • We have the so-called “updated” NOAH list posted on our website.