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Louisiana Outmigration NOLA.com Op-ed (Dana Eness)

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This op-ed on Louisiana outmigration by Urban Conservancy Executive Director Dana Eness was recently published on NOLA.com Click here to read the original op-ed on NOLA.com Humans crave predictability. We at least know when hurricanes are coming; the unforeseen disasters … Continue reading

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Biz New Orleans: Study – Residential GSI Key to New Orleans Climate Resilience

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The Urban Conservancy recently unveiled new survey results indicating that homeowners can significantly diminish flooding, reduce runoff to catch basins, and mitigate the impacts of extreme heat and drought by implementing green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) such as rain gardens, rain … Continue reading

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Uncertainty about the future of Short-Term Rentals in New Orleans

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The city of New Orleans is currently in a legal battle with STR companies like Airbnb and Vrbo. Amidst the legal battle, many of the city’s STR operators are taking the opportunity to continue operating illegally.  The Times Picayune reported … Continue reading

2023 FYI Homeowner Survey Report

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More than 80% of the FYI homeowners who qualified for the survey (finished their FYI project >1 year ago) responded, giving us 102 total responses. Topics ranged from the effectiveness of green infrastructure in reducing flooding on the property, to … Continue reading

NOLA.com FYI Spotlight – P. Adam Kelly

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Kelly, who is an alumnus of the FYI program, loved the home he bought in Faubourg Delachaise, but he was not a fan of the dilapidated 30-foot concrete driveway that came with it. With a $950 reimbursement from FYI, Kelly … Continue reading

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Urban Heroes 2023 Tickets Now Available!

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NO City Council STR Lottery

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On Monday, New Orleans City Council held a lottery to determine which 229 of the 532 short-term rental owners would be able to legally continue operating their short-term rentals on blocks where more than one application was submitted. Property owners … Continue reading

Front Yard Initiative Highlighted in “The Greater Good”

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The Greater New Orleans Foundation spoke with Urban Conservancy Executive Director Dana Eness about the Front Yard Initiative for their July issue of “The Greater Good.” Read Dana’s interview below or check out the full newsletter. For people who aren’t … Continue reading

Urban Heroes 2023 Honorees Announcement

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We will be recognizing honorees for their role in creating a more vibrant and resilient New Orleans.  Urban Heroes 2023 Honorees Dinah Maygarden Director, UNO Coastal Education Program; Pontchartrain Institute of Environmental Science Karen Marshall Director of Professional Development, STEM … Continue reading

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BASIN 2023

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We had a great time at BASIN Camp during summer 2023! For a week in July, 12 campers visited water infrastructure and natural spaces, did experiments and played games, and even met some baby alligators! They especially loved canoeing at … Continue reading