Strike up the band: Bacchanal scores parking waiver, as permit tussle nears resolution

By Karen Gadbois, The Lens staff reporter |

Patrons, neighbors and employees of Bacchanal, the ultra-hip Bywater nightspot, turned out in force for this week’s meeting of the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Bacchanal, at the corner of Poland Avenue and Chartres Street, an area zoned for light industry, has been in business for over 10 years, growing from wine shop with light food offerings, to a full-tilt food and wine establishment with live music on the back patio.

Feds question handling of houses transplanted from hospital footprint

Photo courtesy of insidethefootprint.blogspot.com

By Karen Gadbois, The Lens opinion writer |

It’s no longer just those fussbudget New Orleans preservationists who are concerned. A federal agency has weighed in on the treatment of old houses being moved to make way for the giant LSU/VA medical complex.

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.

Get government funding out of the arts? Get real!

By Lamar White Jr., The Lens contributing opinion writer |

In a recent opinion piece for The Lens, Kevin Kane argued against government support for the arts. Louisiana’s richly indigenous culture is self-sustaining – and should be, Kane argued.

If city had asked, "Treme" producers would have chipped in on restoration of doubles

By Ariella Cohen, The Lens staff writer |

Neither the Landrieu administration nor preservationists followed up to save houses featured in ads for the HBO television show “Treme,” series executive producer David Simon wrote in a letter released this afternoon. The five houses that grace the cover of the recently released first-season DVD set were demolished earlier today.