Squandered Heritage Vintage

Scrappers, Redevelopment, Preservation and Demolition

Blue Bunny bye bye

Over the past 2 years we have faced a tidal wave of demolition. The ongoing issue of demolition and neighborhood preservation is still very much operating in crisis mode.

Many urban centers across the United States face these same issues without a flood to blame it on. The scrappers that inflict damage on our City inflict pain on Cities such as Detroit as well. The Brick rustlers in St. Louis seem to be on the City payroll.

Attempting to become proactive in a solution to the disinvestment in our Neighborhood will, in large part be dictated by NORA but what good will that do if NORA does not have a comprehensive plan and the property falls into the hands of Developers who may or may not have the best interest of the community they are investing in.

This video illustrates the unusual relationship between preservation advocates and anti-gentrification and housing advocates.

As we continue to fight the destruction and destabilization of our Neighborhoods we are not doing so because we are trying to fend off progress. We are doing so because we have no idea what that progress is. Will our neighborhood be a sea of vacant lots with garbage, tires and stolen junk cars? Until someone can answer the questions I see no reason to allow them to continue to destroy homes which could be a catalyst to recovery.

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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.