News Roundup

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

Travis Martin of the Urban Conservancy recently spoke at the Gentilly Terrace and Gardens Improvement Association meeting in Gentilly. Martin said there has been an increase in the paving of front yards and parking in front yards over the past eighth to nine months.

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

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

Jul 10 2014

For a walk-able Fat City, the challenge is where to park the cars

To build a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood in car-crazy Metairie, planners and developers must take a counter-intuitive step. They need to ensure that residents and customers can drive there, and leave the cars upon arrival.

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

Filed under: Sustainable Development | Transportation | Urban Design

Jul 7 2014

Debate about the Uber digital car hiring service arrives in full force before the New Orleans City Council

The emergence of the Uber digital ride finder and the regulation questions it tends to raise have inspired debates, protests and meetings of public agencies in cities around the world. On Tuesday, New Orleans got its biggest look yet at that phenomenon, when debate about Uber stretched for almost four hours before the City Council’s Transportation Committee.

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Source: Nola.com | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Economics | Transportation

Jun 25 2014

Does green infrastructure signal shift in NORA’s core mission?

Unable to find tenants or buyers for hundreds of vacant lots across New Orleans that remain fallow since Hurricane Katrina struck almost nine years ago, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority has decided to get creative.

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Source: Nola.com | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Economics | Environment | Good Governance | Healthy Communities | Infrastructure | Real Estate | Rebuilding New Orleans | Sustainable Development

Jun 25 2014

New Orleans’ Dazzling Post-Katrina Parks Boom

New Orleans’ broad, 3.1-mile Lafitte Greenway, currently under construction, is but one of many green spaces roaring back after being decimated by the levee failures that followed Hurricane Katrina.

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Source: Nextcity.org | Archived Copy

Filed under: Bicycles | Culture | Environment | Good Governance | Healthy Communities | Infrastructure | Rebuilding New Orleans | Sustainable Development | Urban Design

Jun 2 2014

Battle brewing over short-term rentals, as residents discuss Airbnb

Laura Tennyson, a resident of Faubourg Marigny, doesn’t know what a beer bong is, but the vacationers who rented her neighbor’s house for Mardi Gras sure did.

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

Filed under: Community Economics | Community Input | Culture | Real Estate

Jun 2 2014

Organized movement rises to defend Airbnb, short-term rentals in New Orleans

Many New Orleans residents and business owners have for years been waging a largely fruitless war against illegal short-term rentals, but there hasn’t been much in the way of a public, organized effort to defend them.

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

Filed under: Community Economics | Community Input | Culture | Real Estate

Jun 2 2014

Louisiana’s regulation and inspection of oil and gas wells, including ‘orphaned’ wells, is inadequate, Legislative Auditor finds

The state Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation is doing an inadequate job of regulating and inspecting the state’s oil and gas wells, and is not properly overseeing a growing number of “orphaned” wells abandoned by private operators, according to a report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.

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

Filed under: BP Oil Disaster | Energy | Environment

Jun 2 2014

Holy Cross condo plan: Are we already abandoning post-Katrina reforms?

It looks like the “new” New Orleans might be fading fast, even before the Crescent City can celebrate the 10th anniversary of its much-heralded recovery from the Katrina disaster. Sadly, the old ways of doing things are staging a comeback and seem to be winning more and more fights involving inappropriate land use.

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Source: The Lens | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Input | Culture | Healthy Communities | Rebuilding New Orleans | Urban Design

Jun 2 2014