"Place-based initiatives" is a big buzz phrase in philanthropy circles these days. It means taking a comprehensive approach to improving a neighborhood, considering how factors like jobs, education, transportation and housing all interact in a specific place. But even if you've never heard that term before, if you live in the New Orleans area, chances are you already know what it means.
Occupy New Orleans protesters have taken their complaints to Mayor Mitch Landrieu's home. Several speakers are demanding help for the city's homeless.
About a dozen protesters are calling for help in housing homeless as well as keeping the Occupy New Orleans encampment in place outside City Hall. Spokesman W. C. Johnson says the mayor's eviction of the camp last week is illegal.
"We are here at his home to let him know that he cannot get away from the wrong that he inflicts on the citizens in the city that he claims that he loves."
Hundreds of college students continue to volunteer in rebuilding homes throughout New Orleans, and a few are coming back to stay.
Volunteers who painted a two-story home in New Orleans last week are back home, getting ready to return to college. But there were two at the Broadmoor site last week who are home now. They both signed up for week long assignments last year through the Hillel foundation of Jewish students, and decided to come back for the long-term.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans has yet to settle the disputed closings of the Church of Good Counsel and St. Henry Church in Uptown. Parishioners there continue to occupy the churches, hoping a settlement can be reached.
Pastor John Raphael Jr. of the New Hope Baptist Church has been preparing his New Year's Eve sermon while holding a vigil at South Claiborne Avenue and Felicity Street.
Pastor Raphael had thought his three-day fast and anti-violence vigil would be a solitary experience. But his signs calling for and end to the city's killings have drawn supporters to his encampment on the neutral ground. He chose the spot for its memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King.