National Slave Ship Museum proposed for Lower Garden District riverfront | Uptown Messenger
Described as a dream decades in the making with a vision that spans millennia, a museum built around a full-size replica of a slave ship is being planned for a site in the Lower Garden District riverfront near the former Entergy substation.
A geographer’s view of New Orleans: | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Tulane University’s Richard Campanella begins a regular column that will investigate “this 300-year-old experiment called New Orleans” from a geographer’s perspective.
New Orleans has a radical new plan for managing floods | Grist – National coverage of architect David Waggoner’s multi-billion dollar plan to adapt the city toward living with water inside the levees rather than pumping it all out.
Strategy | Library Chronicles – A solid digest and analysis of the state’s (insufficient?) strategy to secure coastal restoration funding. I might be biased, though, because the post approvingly links to one of my opinion columns.
Government & Politics
Daily Dime, Sept. 11 | Louisiana Budget Project – A new report says that general state sales-tax collections dropped over nine percent from July 2012 to July 2013. Meanwhile, state personal income tax collections rose nearly six percent during the same period.
Contract negotiations continue with tax collection firm despite DBE complaint | The Lens — “New Orleans is poised to award a lucrative tax collections contract to a firm recently accused of failing to pay a minority-owned subcontractor.”
City Planning Commission Considers the $1 Billion Capital Budget | New Orleans Citizen Participation Project – An excellent explanation of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan, containing over $1 billion in projects, and how the public can get more involved in the decision making.
Former sheriff’s official gets probation in kickback scheme | The New Orleans Advocate – The former Orleans Parish jail employee who ran the maintenance department was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation and a $25,000 fine for his involvement in a kickback scheme.
See previous Lens coverage of the case here and here.
Angola 3 inmate Herman Wallace, incarcerated with liver cancer, says he has 2 months to live | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
Herman Wallace, one of three men held in solitary confinement at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for decades, has only a few more months to live, he says — and all signs point to him doing that behind bars. …
Doctors at the hospital where he is receiving care recommend he serve out his remaining months in hospice care. But Gov. Bobby Jindal would be required to release Wallace, on humanitarian grounds.
Celebrated Warren Easton High turns 100 | The New Orleans Advocate – One of the city’s oldest schools has begun its centennial celebration, which officially falls on Sept. 16.
Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning | MindShift – “It is inevitable that schools must be completely redesigned if society wants to tap the wellsprings of creativity and exploration that the industrial system subdues.”
Teach for America is a deeply divisive program. It also works | Washington Post – An impressively in-depth analysis of results from studies of the controversial educator training program.