blight en Official Decisions On Blight Are Not Always Transparent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, the city held public hearings about overhauling the citywide zoning code.</span></p><p>Most people don't pay attention to zoning issues, but it has a direct impact on potentially every property in the city — from bars and retail to major manufacturing.</p><p>Reporter Karen Gadbois covers land use for The Lens. She talks with WWNO's Eve Troeh about the many ways that zoning decisions and other city initiatives like blight reduction can impact neighborhoods and homeowners, and how those important decisions are made.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:45:00 +0000 Karen Gadbois 46212 at Unoccupied Homes Primed For Art Project, For Now <p><i style="line-height: 1.5;">A new series of highly visible art, preservation and reconstruction projects in New Orleans have popped up throughout New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina — work that strives to retain the integral nature of the city’s culture and promote resilience.</i><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;But things don’t always go according to plan, and sometimes projects are abandoned midway. This is&nbsp;a story of preservation gone wrong, one group’s response, and a look towards the future.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:46:17 +0000 Laine Kaplan-Levenson 38074 at Growing Home Helps New Orleans Invest Millions to Landscape Vacant Land <p></p><p>You see it in your neighborhood or on your way to work: an abandoned house or empty lot — a small piece of New Orleans which once belonged to someone, but now, is sagging or overgrown or both.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:41:07 +0000 Eve Abrams 26752 at City Wins Round Against Blighted Shopping Center <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office is touting its latest court victory in its efforts to improve blighted property in a neighborhood hard hit by flooding after Hurricane Katrina.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 26582 at NORA to auction 125 properties across New Orleans <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority will auction 125 properties in several neighborhoods, including Lakeview, eastern New Orleans, Holy Cross, Gentilly, the 7th Ward, St. Roch and Uptown.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">The auction will occur at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Registration is at 11 a.m.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 20:22:05 +0000 The Associated Press 21238 at Report: New Orleans Blight Continues At High Level <p>A new study shows there's a diminishing amount of blight in New Orleans. But the overall level is stubbornly high. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 18202 at County Considers Eminent Domain As Foreclosure Fix County and city officials in San Bernardino, Calif., are considering a controversial plan: using the power of eminent domain to take over "underwater" mortgages, where the value of the home is worth less than the original loan. Taking on those properties, officials say, would allow the homeowners to refinance those troubled loans.<p>Half of all 300,000 mortgages in the Southern California county are underwater, according to county officials. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 07:20:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 15648 at 20 Blighted New Orleans Properties to be Auctioned in July <p>A former hospital is among 20 blighted properties being auctioned this month in New Orleans.</p><p>A city news release says the former River of Life hospital was last appraised at $1.4 million, and the minimum bid is $933,333.33. The city is foreclosing because the owner owes more than $320,000 in taxes and liens.</p><p>It will be the only property sold July 12. Fifteen will be auctioned off on July 19, and four on July 26.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:30:46 +0000 The Associated Press 15157 at Blight and Rebuilding New Orleans <p>New Orleans has 43,000 blighted properties, more than any other American city. Fighting blight can be complex, But since Mayor Landrieu’s administration took office, there’s been an invigorated effort at easing the problem.</p> Sun, 20 May 2012 23:41:04 +0000 Eve Abrams 11511 at Deadline Set For FEMA Trailer Removal <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53c0c6a2eecb6-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53c0c6a2eecb6-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53c0c6a2eecb6-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>The city of New Orleans is giving notice to residents living in FEMA trailers that it's time to move. Eileen Fleming reports the city wants the trailers issued after Hurricane Katrina five years ago to be removed.</p> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 21:29:42 +0000 Eileen Fleming 2697 at