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The Executive Order that does not End.

This house was demolished yesterday..

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For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong. (H. L. Mencken)

Mencken must have talking about the Mayor when he wrote this. This morning the TP ran an article about the Mayor and his Executive Order.

The logic behind this is simply stunning. The City HAS ALWAYS has the authority to demolish houses that are in Imminent Danger of Collapse. What they want now is to bypass a commitee which has been recently put in place that his Administration does not like.

What happens when he does not like something else??

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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.

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    Also from Mencken: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. “

  • More evil from a feckless maniac. A fool that has no clue of the real beauty of a 100 year-old streetscape. Led and owned by developers and contractors intent on making a buck no matter what – while these pieces of our history are lost forever.

    Many of these are clearly NOT in imminent danger of collapse. And there is no effort to salvage anything from these dwellings.

    This is no imaginary hobgoblin. This evil is real and out of control.