All the usual suspects

These last few days have really proven that our Recovery is guided by a person who refuses to accept that the city is owned not by those who wrangle contracts out of City Hall, or those who believe the public is a body to be mocked, scorned and ignored, but rather the Citizens who have worked tirelessly and for no compensation but for the love of a City.

While I was unable to attend today’s meeting I was able to keep stay in direct contact with people attending. The fact that folks came in to “jeer at Council members”: who are trying to uncover this mess leads me to believe those who jeer loudest stand to lose the most. There is no honest and reasonable Citizen in this City who would behave in such a fashion unless they had “1. something to hide/gain”: “2. were protecting those who have something to hide/gain.”:

And if anyone of you are reading this I would like you all to look at a photo of this woman.

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This photo was taken almost one year ago today, Sarah Lewis and I visited this woman in her trailer. She was trying to sort through her belongings on a hot summer day with no help from anyone but her friends on Conti Street. They had dubbed themselves the 3 Musketeers.

Sarah did her best to get the fetid debris removed from the front of her home, we didn’t tell “Miss Dolores”: the reason we were there was because her house was on a demolition list.

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This woman was a perfect candidate for the “NOAH”: program. But of course that program was not created for Miss Dolores, because in order to deal with her NOAH would have had to do actual work.

She died a few months after we visited with her, she had told us she was waiting for help.


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...