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This morning in court extra time was obtained for an elderly man who is facing a city of new orleans house demolition. He is disabled, uses a walker, and will have no place to go if the city demolishes his home, which is what the city is seeking. There are serious legal problems with the pending demolition and it will continue to be challenged.

It would greatly assist the homeowner to have volunteers come over to the house to coordinate some cleaning up and repairs asap. The house has a trumpet vine growing over the roof and down around the house. The homeowner credits the vine with saving the roof during Katrina. He is open to the vine being trimmed especially where it hangs down around the house and would especially welcome assistance from someone who knows something about green things. Other repairs at the home would probably be useful too.

Please let me know if you have ideas for assistance by leaving a comment.

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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 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.

  • Were there any volunteers? I’m coming New Year’s weekend (I think I can… I think I can… ). Maybe we could make some kind of off season (not RT) blogger group fun work day of it?

  • Some people responded off line. I will check back on Monday and see if the person who was coordinating had any luck.