New Orleans was once above sea level, but stormwater drainage has caused it to sink — with deadly consequences
Early one September morning in 1975, in a quiet Metairie subdivision west of Transcontinental Drive, a ranch house suddenly exploded in a fireball so powerful it damaged 20 neighboring buildings and broke windows a mile away. The house plus four adjacent homes were reduced to rubble, and 11 people were seriously injured.
Feb 23 2015
“Expect stepped-up hospital closures and bed-count reductions over the next few years as better coordinated care drives more patients to outpatient settings and consumers remain under financial constraints.” What are the implications for the 624 bed LSU-VA medical care complex slated to be operational by 2016? Read more about UC’s involvement on this issue here.
Feb 23 2015
London Mayor Boris Johnson’s ambitious plan to reshape how the city handles cyclist traffic got final approval Wednesday, clearing the way for the spread of segregated bike lanes and dedicated traffic signals. Johnson plans to create a network for cyclists that rivals the city’s transit system.
Feb 6 2015
Consider a few surprising and optimistic facts for the new year: nationwide, independent bookstores have grown by about twenty per cent since 2009; meanwhile, American craft breweries collectively now sell more than 16.1 million barrels of beer annually, outpacing, for the first time, Budweiser.
Jan 30 2015
Skeptics of the latest plans to expand New Orleans’ streetcar network are due in federal court Friday (Jan. 16) to make their case why work along North Rampart Street and St. Claude Avenue should be stopped.
Jan 16 2015
Project, years in the making, expected to take two years to finish
Filed under: Transportation
Jan 5 2015
A Dutch project that integrates solar panels into a bike commuter path will officially open this week, on a special roadway outside Amsterdam. Power generated by the SolaRoad’s panels will be funneled into the national energy grid.
Nov 10 2014
In 2008, New Orleans built its very first bike lane — a stripe along St. Claude Avenue. Today, the city boasts 87 miles of bikeways with a goal to bring that number past 100 by the end of the year, according to the New Orleans Department of Public Works.
Oct 31 2014
People come from all over the world to visit New Orleans, and they spend money while they are here. Walker wondered why he and his fellow workers see so little of it. “This is a tourism city,” he said. “It just don’t make no sense that we are living paycheck to paycheck like this.”
Filed under: Community Economics
Oct 31 2014