The demolition of Christopher Park will begin today, bringing an end to what was once considered to be an innovative and forward-thinking approach to public housing. … When the Algiers development opened in 1971 it was celebrated as one of the nation’s first rent-to-own public housing complexes. … But the development fell victim to decades of neglect and never lived up to the hype. Many people blamed HANO, the community’s principal landowner, for mishandling its finances and federal grants, and failing to maintain the rental units and make major repairs to the condos.

 Preservationists and other fans of the restaurant have rallied behind the slogan “Tujague’s Not T-Shirts.” “If someone preserved it as a boutique antique, that itself would be kind of tragic,” said Brett Anderson, the restaurant critic at The Times-Picayune. “But a T-shirt shop would be such a grotesque example of commercial nitwit-itude, it boggles the mind. You can open a T-shirt shop in a metal can. You don’t need a historic location.”  

In recent days, the new restaurant owners have received several partnership offers aimed at maintaining the restaurant. (link via New Orleans Ladder)

LSU settled with Heerden in February for $435,000 (There’s no online link to announcement yet.)

In my Lens opinion column, I defend Jindal’s plan from it’s critics.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...