Fresh testing shows persistent formaldehyde contamination in region's FEMA trailers

By Ariella Cohen, The Lens staff writer |

More than six years after FEMA provided displaced Hurricane Katrina victims with trailers that were later revealed to be toxic, early tests suggest that dangerously high levels of formaldehyde linger in the more than 130,000 units still in use. An air quality test done last month in a FEMA trailer housing Hurricane Katrina victims in Mississippi showed levels of the carcinogen that exceeded levels deemed safe by the federal government.

Making 'Complete Streets' a policy makes complete sense

By Matthew Rufo, The Lens contributing opinion writer |

In recent years, New Orleanians have witnessed a transformation of their streets from motor vehicle speedways to multimodal havens for a variety of users. Since 2004, the city’s bike lanes, paths and shared lanes have grown to over 40 miles.