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Post-Katrina Gentrification Battle Heats Up in New Orleans

Wendell Pierce’s Blighted Property

New Orleans    Sometimes where there is smoke, there is in fact a lot of fire, and the raging heat around gentrification is steadily increasing in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Wendell Pierce, the well-known actor from HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme,” and a New Orleans native, partnered with a local pal, politician, and operator, […]

Signs at the Borderland of Gentrification

New house infill construction in Frey Parking Lots

New Orleans    In New Orleans in the Bywater-Marigny neighborhoods where I live and work were in the throes of a long drawn out, desultory stretch for decades since the 1980s.  We were going to be “hot” one day, but who knew when.   Into the latter years of the […]

Why Won’t Senator Mary Landrieu Lose with Pride and Dignity?

 

Senator Mary Landrieu at LSU Game

New Orleans       The last race of the USA’s mid-term elections is winding to a close in Louisiana.  Mary Landrieu has been a US Senator for three terms totaling 18 years.  We have a sign for her in our front yard as do several of our neighbors.  Sometime during Thanksgiving […]

There Goes the Neighborhood

Mural at the office

New Orleans        I don’t know why I continue to be surprised at the changes in my own neighborhood, Bywater in New Orleans.  I’ve seen the joggers, dog walkers, and strollers in the streets.  I’ve noticed the porkpie hipster hats and the bicycles rolling by at all hours of the day and night.  […]

Nine Years after Katrina

Lower 9th Ward before and after, credit to Ted Jackson at nola.com

Little Rock       Perhaps the best news in the nine years since Katrina has been that we have not faced another devastating hurricane, as the city continues to struggle to rebuild.  We had a bit of problem a couple of years ago in 2012, […]

Shots Missing in the Bloodless New Orleans Newspaper War

New Orleans       I get up early.  That’s the way it’s always been.  Today is one of the three days a week that the more than 175 year old Times-Picayune is actually delivered to our home.  The once daily Times-Pic is also a sometimes delivery paper.  At 430 am, I found it properly positioned on the steps of my porch.  That makes 3 of 6 times […]