Squandered Heritage Vintage

Louisiana Land Trust

Here are the first 50 of the 300 houses going through 106 review before they are eligible to be demolished.

The neighborhoods where these houses are located are


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Carrollton aka Northwest Carrollton

2500 Joliet

Edgewood Park

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and Broadmoor

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Some of these properties may not end up being demolished but assume the worst.

I am having a lot of trouble with the comments on this site. If you have left a comment and do not see it then most likely I can not access the moderation panel. I am digging some of them out of the Spam folder.


This e mail just went out to bbadinger@crt.state.la.us from one of our Squandered Heritage readers.

To whom it may concern:

After a careful inspection of all properties (#s 1-50) in batch 1,

In my professional opinion, the only properties which should be permitted to be demolished are the following:

7816 PANOLA ST – Property is structurally deficient
2465 GLADIOLUS ST – Although repairable, property is non-conforming to the neighborhood streetscape
2554 VERBENA ST – Property is serious disrepair and the integrity of the structure has been compromised

All other properties should not be demolished. Each of these properties is integral to the streetscape of the neighborhoods and should not be torn down. The 47 properties are able to be rehabilitated with minimum effort and require no major structural improvements to facilitate occupancy. I am STRONGLY against demolishing these properties, as although the majority have not been renovated since Katrina, there is no reason they should be precluded from being renovated and rehabilitated.

Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thanking you in advance, I am

Z. Dieterich

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  • hndymn

    I can think of dozens of houses that are inhabited and looking far more delapidated than anything pictured here. What on earth is going on? Does the city really want to rip great holes out of it’s neighborhoods?

  • debi

    I showed this list and each home to my mom who lives in Georgia..she has periodically been one of “those” people who say, “what are you people doing with all the money that you are getting!”..when I told her this story and the one about Mid-City and the Hospital proposal I thought she was going to spontaneously combust! The one thing she couldn’t get over is the huge amount of homes on this list that SHOULD NEVER be demo-ed. she is back in Georgia now, but has called me every day about this because she is so insensed.
    Maybe Bernardo can get a consulting fee for figuring out why this is happening!!!!!!!!! Come on C-Ray, share the magic……

  • Voodoopig

    I am confused on several fronts. Who currently owns title on these properties? Are these appropriated by the city? Has any effort whatsoever been made to get these properties on the market? , or into non-profit entities (Habitat for Humanity, Preservation Resource Center, neighborhood organizations, churches,…) with a vested interest and contractual obligation in the buildings’ renovation? I keep having the feeling that there exists an alternative to demolition AND continued neglect and decay of much of our unique street-scapes.

  • Sophie

    Allegedly, these houses are available for purchase. You can inquire about purchasing these houses from the city, except the city employee in charge of it (Troy Body, 658-4200) is completely unresponsive.

    For example, the LLT owns a beautiful creole cottage on a double lot at 1305 Alvar Street. I called several times to ask about acquiring the house on Alvar, never got any response, then drove by the other day and saw that one of the pairs of french doors on the front of the house had been stolen.

  • Evelyn

    From the outside these houses look good, but are they for sale? Who do you get in contact for information on these houses?