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Paved front yards are illegal, Urban Conservancy representative tells Gentilly residents

Jul 10 2014

The UC has been visiting neighborhood organizations around town to get the word out on the problems related to excessive yard paving in New Orleans and our work to curb the troubling practice. The Times-Picayune reports on our presentation at a recent neighborhood meeting in Gentilly. Read more >

How to Make New Orleans Uglier and Less Safe: Continue to Ignore Yard Paving

Jan 31 2014

In a city just recovering from the horrors of Katrina and other recent floods, yard paving represents a huge step backward in our crucial struggle to change the way we manage storm water. Read more >

It’s Time to Play by New Orleans’ Rules

Nov 8 2013

Now that it is apparent that New Orleans is a contender on the national retail scene, developers need to understand that if they’re going to play, they need to play by our rules. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for negotiation, but the days of catering to self-interested investors lured by costly concessions borne by taxpayers, including existing businesses, is over. Read more >

Native Plant Symposium Offers Homegrown Solutions

Oct 16 2013

The message of the recent Native Plant Symposium was loud and clear, leaving attendees with a newfound sense of urgency in the struggle to foster a sustainable quality of life, local safety and outright survival of our species in New Orleans (not to mention the planet). The message? “We need more native plants!!” Read more >

Seeing is Believing When It Comes to NOLA Progress

Feb 4 2013

In recent weeks, New Orleanians have been singing the praises of their city’s remarkable recovery and resilience to visitors here for Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl. Signs of a robust economy are evident everywhere, from new construction to street… Read more >