Jesse Hardman

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post team asks: do dollar stores reflect the economy where they are built, or do they drive the economic identity of the area? 

If you add up the Dollar Generals, Family Dollars, Dollar Trees, and throw in ten or so Save-a-Lots, you’re pretty close to 100 or more dollar-type stores in the New Orleans area.

Seven new businesses open today in downtown Shreveport as part of the second Pop UP Project, organized by Shreveport’s Downtown Development Authority to spark interest in downtown retail development. The emerging businesses receive free rent for two weeks as way for them to try out their venture in a brick and mortar storefront.

Congress is taking a look at veterans hospitals under construction — including the one taking shape in New Orleans.

It comes after a report found some medical centers are taking longer and costing more than estimated.

The House has passed a bill to increase oversight.

The report found some medical centers are taking three years longer to complete than estimated, and costing an extra $366 million per project.

A group of New Orleans based developers, city planners, landscape architects and community members gathered at the Propeller business incubator offices last night to discuss potential changes in city standards for water management.

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New Orleans' third-tallest building, which has sat unused for a dozen years, has been sold.

New Orleans CityBusiness reports one of the owners of the 45-story Plaza Tower confirmed Thursday's sale, which comes nearly three years after they bought the building at auction for $650,000.

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When it comes annual rainfall, New Orleans is the third wettest city in the country, next to Pensacola, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama. Historically, this city below sea level has dealt with large amounts of rain by trying to keep as much water out as possible. Now, urban planners, land conservationists and city officials are trying out new strategies to manage water. Keeping more water in, rather than trying to pump it out, may be better for the city than we thought.


Officials are gathering at the old Texaco building on Canal Street Thursday morning to mark its transformation from corporate to residential use. The 17-story tower is now a home for seniors on a low fixed incomes.

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A government watchdog group says New Orleans should sell the World Trade Center that sits empty by the Mississippi River.

The city had reached a tentative lease agreement last year with Gatehouse Capital Corporation to redevelop the old high rise. But negotiations broke off in April, ending plans for the building being converted into a luxury hotel and residential complex.

The Bureau of Governmental Research noted yesterday that it was the third time redevelopment efforts failed.

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The State Palace Theater, a piece of New Orleans history, may finally receive a long overdue facelift. Developer Gregor Fox recently announced the purchase of the Canal Street relic for $3.5 million.

The State Palace, built in 1926, was flooded during Hurricane Katrina and fully shut down in 2007. Plans to convert the theater into a museum and concert venue pre-Katrina never happened. Now, Fox says he hopes to complete a partial renovation of the 3,000-seat theater's exterior and adjoining retail space within two years.

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A committee evaluating proposals to build a new terminal at Louis Armstrong International Airport is recommending a joint venture composed largely of New Orleans-area businesses.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the recommendation makes Hunt Gibbs Boh Metro the favorite to land the $546.5 million project.