If you go back in time and scrutinize the decisions made to demolish a neighborhood to build a new Charity Hospital it resembles the plan to greenspace parts of the City after the flood.

In an effort to appear to entertain options the FEMA 106 site selection went forward, many of the people who participated understood that it was a “process” in name only, that the actual decisions were made out of sight of the public. The question has always been who were those decision makers and what motivated the decision to make the Lower Mid City site the one and only site.

For detailed photos “click here”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/neworleanslady/collections/72157610085907084/

So many losses, the loss of place, the loss of community, and the loss of trust.




So do it…

“sign the petition”:http://my.preservationnation.org/site/Survey?SURVEY_ID=8600&ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&autologin=true for at the very least we should make sure that the buyout process is equitable.

So many people are focusing on the hospital as a tool of economic development, and while I am sure there will be a number of good jobs created it would seem a quicker and more humane solution to rebuild Charity and locate the VA at the Lindy Boggs site.

Alos “please attend tommorow’s event”:http://www.squanderedheritage.com/2009/01/16/footprint/

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...