Blight worsened by housing preservation program, Hoffman Triangle residents say

By Karen Gadbois, The Lens staff writer |

Hoffman Triangle residents thought they were getting a handle on the blight problem that has gripped their community since Hurricane Katrina. A small neighborhood wedged between Broadmoor and Central City, the Triangle went deeply under water after the levees failed.  As a recovery strategy, residents  formed a neighborhood association, pitched in on clean-up drives and have been working steadily to increase home ownership and rid the community of blight.

Prior owner of 1 demolished "Treme" house says city seized double he was trying to fix

By Ariella Cohen, The Lens staff writer |

Standing in front of a row of abandoned, soon-to-be-razed double shotguns, , gesturing sympathetically to the neighborhood leaders gathered with him, Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Thursday implored New Orleans property owners to end the pattern of neglect that has left tens of thousands blighted buildings across the city. “To all the people out there who own properties in the city of New Orleans, take care of them, honor your responsibilities, get your property back up to code, the city will be enforcing and this is a consequence of that enforcement,” the mayor said, the anger in his voice palpable.