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How is it that Matt McBride had the data to support this article and the Office of Recovery Managment is still grappling with this issue.

We have brought this to the attention of the Neighborhood Conservation District as each NOAH house has been apprised for demolition, there was no response to my question of how it was possible that these house were remediated and then demolished. We asked and no one ever answered.

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About 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 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.

  • Help with data mining and Excel skills is so hard to come by these days, apparently.

  • Effort? Elbow grease? Intelligence?

  • Civitch

    If there were a good explanation, we’d have heard it by now.

    The only good thing about this is that these buffoons aren’t smart enough to cover their tracks that well, so the odds are high that the investigators will find incriminating evidence. Just hurry up, please. We can’t take much more of this administration.

  • James Aldridge

    It is so obvious what is going on. Stacey got a big house in exchange for favors in kind to her contractor friends through NOAH. This will come out in the end. How does Stacey afford a large house that was once owned by the construction company she is now accused of being in bed with? It simple… is called corruption…..

    I would like to start a petition to have Nagin removed from office…..this is ridiculous….

    Do they not have to put Request for proposals out for projects like this?

  • Pat

    Your About and Site map pages are giving error messages

  • e

    Is that photo-shop or guerrilla art?

  • It is the real deal.

  • JBMichell

    If the City conducted it’s own investigation and found wrongdoing, which is more appropriate for the City to do, seek reimbursement, as has been stated, or report the wrongdoing to law enforcement agencies such as the District Attorney, NOPD, Inspector General and FBI for investigation? If any of these agencies finds the wrongdoing criminal then the parties should be prosecuted. If fraud is discovered reimbursement doesn’t seem to be the appropriate measure or a precedent that should be set.

  • JBMichell

    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    Sorry, I don’t know what that means.

  • It means that your comments are viewed before publication.

  • Karen,

    Thank you for staying angry (as we all should), and for continuing to speak up (as–again–we really ALL SHOULD.)


  • g

    Karen, I love your blog and what you’re doing. I’m visiting NO for the first time since before the storm – loved this city from before and am only finally getting back here. Is there anything I can do, or is there anything I should go see that will help with what you’re doing? Is there something I can help you with from afar?

    If so, you can email me.

    Thanks. I keep visiting your blog and my heart breaks at the needless destruction of homes, but I am so proud of what you’re doing.

  • KO

    Why on earth was Mayor Nagin voted into office again? He along with Blanco showed their ineptitude in 2005. How did it happen? Jindal should take over the city and inter his own governmental oversight. New Orleans was corrupt before Katrina, and apparently the silly residents who voted him back in only want New Orleans to continue to be the cesspool it was before the flood. What craziness. I just can’t believe this. I am apalled. Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast has pulled themselves up from their bootstraps because of the leadership they have. New Orleans is pathetic and has received more funding to rebuild and it is still a cesspool of corruption. You people need to vote the idiots out and get a whole new government. It will be up to you on the ground to make that happen. Get fired up and change your city!!!!!!