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2:09 am
Thu July 5, 2012

New Orleans Struggles With Murder Rate, And Trust

Sgt. Miro Brekalo talks with residents in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood, as other officers walk their beat. Their goal isn't only to stop crime; it's also to connect with citizens who are often reluctant to report crimes.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 9:25 pm

New Orleans now has the highest per capita murder rate in the country. Most of the killings are concentrated in the city's poorest neighborhoods — places like Central City, just a few blocks north of the stately mansions that line St. Charles Avenue.

The city's mayor is launching a new program aimed at cracking what he describes as a deeply rooted culture of violence. But victims complain that a failed criminal justice system has left the streets to vigilante justice, with innocent residents caught in the crossfire.

A Wounded Neighborhood

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Community Impact
8:26 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Community Impact Series: New Orleans Faith Health Alliance

Even if they lack health insurance, visitors to the New Orleans Faith Health Alliance find a "whole person" approach, health coaching and an appreciation of their spiritual needs.

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NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century
3:33 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Filling In New Orleans' Future, One Blank At A Time

Candy Chang, co-founder of the website Neighborland, writes on an art installation in New Orleans in April. As part of a public street art project that later became Neighborland, Chang put nametag-like stickers on empty New Orleans storefronts for residents to write ideas for improving the city.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 8:19 pm

New Orleans became a blank slate after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. And ever since, entrepreneurs have rushed in to experiment with new ideas for building and running a city.

Among them is a startup called Neighborland.com, a social media tool for sharing ideas to make your neighborhood better. After signing in to Neighborland, you can find your neighborhood and post your idea. The posts all start with "I want," and you fill in the rest.

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Community Impact
8:30 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Community Impact Series: Grow Dat Youth Farm

Grow Dat farmers Muffin Stevenson and Ace Shields with co-director Johanna Gilligan.
Ian McNulty

A new farm in City Park is making more fresh vegetables available for communities, while some important skills and values are taking root for the teens who cultivate it.

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Andre Perry Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Place Matters

In New Orleans, life expectancy varies by as much as 25 years depending on the zip code.  Living just a few miles away constitutes the difference in as much as 25 years.

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Community
8:22 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Community Impact Series: Safe Streets/Strong Communities

Safe Streets/Strong Communities is pushing for reforms to city’s criminal justice system, with a focus on police brutality and the toll such incidents take on the relationship between the police force and the community.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:57 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Media As Teacher

Dr. Andre Perry

This week I talked violence on a weekly radio show on a hip-hop/R&B commercial station that dubbed itself the “non-violent station.” The 30-minute segment offered evidence of its commitment to the moniker. The disk jockey and I exchanged ideas about the root causes of violence, and indubitably education (or lack thereof) surfaced as a prime source. After a solid 10 minutes of talk, the DJ transitioned to a musical intermission in which he played parts of “Kinda Like a Big Deal” by the Clipse. 

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Community
8:21 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Community Impact Series: New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance

The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance is bringing together a disparate array of organizations that see the power and potential of helping people take a more active role in the decisions that impact their communities.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:53 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Change at the Times Picayune

Moses delivered the word on two stone tablets. The town crier eventually lost his voice. Paper in and of itself is an antiquated medium. Yet many were shocked to hear that the paper's ownership plans to cut the city's only daily to three editions a week and expand their online offerings.

The means by which the Times-Picayune is distributed should change as society does. New Orleans is intensely diverse, and we should be more concerned if prevailing news outlets represent information accordingly.

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Community Health
6:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Tulane Opens New Community Health Center

Front dek at the Tulane University clinic on North Broad Street.
Tyler A. Gamble Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Tulane University has opened a new health center inside the former Ruth’s Chris Steak House on North Broad Street. Up to 1,500 patients can receive care at the center every month — with or without insurance.

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