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Latest News
7:33 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New Orleans Joins HUD Complaint Against Bank of America

A New Orleans housing group is signing on to national complaints alleging the Bank of America is contributing to blight by letting foreclosed homes fall into disrepair.

The National Fair Housing Alliance says the bank is especially neglectful in African American and Latino neighborhoods.

James Perry of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center said 26 homes that B of A owns in New Orleans are in disrepair.

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Latest News
4:09 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

New City Ordinance Makes Blight Eradication Easier

A new ordinance passed by the City Council in February authorizes city workers to clean up trash or overgrown grass without scheduling a hearing.
Derek Bridges Flickr

City officials are hoping to clear 1,200 lots of tall grass and trash in New Orleans in the next year, the Advocate reports.

It’s part of the latest push to eradicate blight, helped along by a new ordinance passed by the City Council in February authorizing city workers to clean up trash or overgrown grass without a hearing.

Under the new system, homeowners have one week to fix problems after a property has been cited by an inspector. If it’s not fixed, the cost for cleanup is added to the owner’s property tax bill.

The Lens
8:45 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Official Decisions On Blight Are Not Always Transparent

Some homes in the city are fast-tracked to be demolished, while other blighted homes are left to collapse.
Credit Karen Gadbois

This week, the city held public hearings about overhauling the citywide zoning code.

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.

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.

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Hoffman Triangle
1:46 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Unoccupied Homes Primed For Art Project, For Now

A painted house in the Hoffman Triangle.
Karen Gadbois

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. But things don’t always go according to plan, and sometimes projects are abandoned midway. This is a story of preservation gone wrong, one group’s response, and a look towards the future. 


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Features
4:41 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Growing Home Helps New Orleans Invest Millions to Landscape Vacant Land

Linda and Chester Blunt built several raised vegetable beds on their new lot.
Abigail Feldman

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.

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Gentilly
11:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

City Wins Round Against Blighted Shopping Center

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.

The mayor's office said Tuesday that a judge has upheld a city code enforcement action against the Lake Terrace Shopping Center in the Gentilly neighborhood. The shopping center has been empty since the 2005 storm.

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NORA Auction
3:22 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

NORA to auction 125 properties across New Orleans

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.

The auction will occur at 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Registration is at 11 a.m.

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Blight
6:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Report: New Orleans Blight Continues At High Level

A new study shows there's a diminishing amount of blight in New Orleans. But the overall level is stubbornly high.

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Crisis In The Housing Market
2:20 am
Fri July 13, 2012

County Considers Eminent Domain As Foreclosure Fix

Half of San Bernardino County's 300,000 mortgages are underwater. In an attempt to ease the mortgage crisis, the Southern California county is considering taking control of some of those properties by eminent domain.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 10:04 am

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.

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Blighted Property Auction
10:30 am
Thu July 5, 2012

20 Blighted New Orleans Properties to be Auctioned in July

A former hospital is among 20 blighted properties being auctioned this month in New Orleans.

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.

It will be the only property sold July 12. Fifteen will be auctioned off on July 19, and four on July 26.

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