News Roundup

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.

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Source: Nola.com | The Times-Picayune | Archived Copy

Filed under: Environment | Hurricane Isaac | Hurricane Katrina | Infrastructure | Rebuilding New Orleans | Sustainable Development

Feb 23 2015

Hospitals face closure as ‘a new day in healthcare’ dawns

“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.

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Source: Modern Healthcare | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Input | Good Governance | Healthy Communities | Housing | LSU-VA Hospital | Real Estate | Rebuilding New Orleans | Sustainable Development

Feb 23 2015

Bikes Only: London Approves New Cyclist Superhighway Plan

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.

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Source: NPR.org | Archived Copy

Filed under: Bicycles | Good Governance | Infrastructure | Sustainable Development | Transportation | Urban Design

Feb 6 2015

Small Is Bountiful

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.

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Source: The New Yorker | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Economics | Stay Local!

Jan 30 2015

Stalled North Rampart - St. Claude Streetcar project heads to federal court

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.

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Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | Archived Copy

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Jan 16 2015

Rampart, St. Claude streetcar line work to begin

Project, years in the making, expected to take two years to finish

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Source: The Advocate | Archived Copy

Filed under: Transportation

Jan 5 2015

Solar Bike Path Opens This Week In The Netherlands

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.

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Source: NPR.org | Archived Copy

Filed under: Bicycles | Environment | Infrastructure | Sustainable Development | Transportation

Nov 10 2014

“Pilot program” puts bike lane on Baronne Street

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.

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Source: Gambit | Archived Copy

Filed under: Bicycles | Infrastructure | Sustainable Development | Transportation

Oct 31 2014

New Orleans’ tourism industry booms but income inequality remains entrenched

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.”

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Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Economics

Oct 31 2014