News Roundup

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

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.

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Source: The Lens | Archived Copy

Filed under: Good Governance | Healthy Communities | Real Estate | Sustainable Development | Urban Design | Urban Ecology

Jan 31 2014

Circle Food Store shuttered after Hurricane Katrina reopens

It was a grand re-opening years in the making.

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Source: WWLTV | Archived Copy

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Jan 17 2014

East Coast Planners Ask: How High Will the Water Rise?

It’s not just melting ice that threatens to submerge communities along the East Coast of the U.S. Several other factor are conspiring to raise sea levels. Scientists are racing against time to predict how bad things are going to get, and how fast.

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Source: Planetizen | Archived Copy

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Jan 17 2014

Urban Green Spaces Will Make You Happier than Winning the Lottery

A new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology finds that moving to a more-green area can have a long-lasting positive effect on mental health, unlike the short-term jolt from pay rises, promotions or winning the lottery.

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Source: Planetizen | Archived Copy

Filed under: Environment | Healthy Communities | Sustainable Development | Urban Design | Urban Ecology

Jan 17 2014

Dixie Brewery loses latest battle to halt demolition

The family that ran the Dixie Brewery from the mid-1980s until Hurricane Katrina has lost another court battle as it tries to save the original building from the wrecking ball.

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Source: Nola.com | Archived Copy

Filed under: Environment | Hurricane Katrina | Infrastructure | LSU-VA Hospital | Rebuilding New Orleans

Jan 8 2014

Demolition Without Due Process

In a state where eminent domain is considered close to un-American, that same state, Louisiana, is determined to demolish a unique New Orleans landmark even before the protesting private property owners have had their day in court.

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Source: Huffington Post | Archived Copy

Filed under: Environment | Hurricane Katrina | Infrastructure | LSU-VA Hospital | Rebuilding New Orleans

Jan 8 2014

7th Ward Residents Await The Return Of The Circle Food Store

More than eight years after it flooded and closed due to Hurricane Katrina, the Circle Food Store on the corner of Claiborne and St. Bernard Avenues is about to reopen its doors. The historic landmark served the 7th Ward from 1938 up until the storm, and it’s said to have been the first New Orleans grocery owned and operated by African-Americans. Long time residents and customers voice their reactions to the long-awaited return of this neighborhood staple.

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Source: WWNO | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Economics | Environment | Healthy Communities | Rebuilding New Orleans | Sustainable Development

Jan 6 2014

With dear friends like Big Oil, are we our own worst enemies?

At a Chamber of Commerce luncheon sponsored last August by his employer, BP community relations manager Peter Clifford reminded citizens of Saint Mary Parish that they should be thankful for BP’s largesse. Gifford said: “If BP would not have invested in this community, trust me, you would notice.”

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Source: The Lens | Archived Copy

Filed under: BP Oil Disaster | Energy | Environment

Dec 19 2013

Iberville demolition program aims to rebuild lives for 30 young men and women

A crew of 30 young men and women march through the Iberville Housing Development on a dreary day in December, armed with sledgehammers, crowbars, shovels and pipes. They shred the interiors of seven vacant units in less than 15 minutes.

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Source: The Times-Picayune | Archived Copy

Filed under: Community Economics | Good Governance | Housing | Rebuilding New Orleans

Dec 19 2013