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Marketplace
3:20 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

As New Orleans Comes Back, Some Neighborhoods Boom, Others Stay Blighted

A shotgun house in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans gets new paint.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

About a year ago, Greg Thyssen and Shakti Belway bought an 1800's double shotgun in the Tremé neighborhood.

"I'm tall," Thyssen said, "so I love the high ceilings, a fireplace in every room, beautiful pocket doors."

Beauty, yes, but the house needed work. "The floors were eaten away by termites," Belway said, "and under layers and layers of linoleum."

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NolaVie
7:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Weekly LaSalle Market Bringing Business Back To Central City

Pods housing the businesses the make up The Market on LaSalle in Central City.
Credit Nina Feldman

New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood was once a stronghold of rich cultural traditions and bustling local businesses. While the arts remain vibrant within this tight community, the area has suffered economically over the past decades.

Now, a new local initiative aims to restore economic vitality along one commercial corridor in the neighborhood.

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The Lens
11:46 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Lens: Two Groups Vie For Vacant ArtWorks Building

The ArtWorks building, near Lee Circle, has attracted the interest of start-up incubator Launch Pad, as well as a rival bid from proponents of a culinary school.
Corporate Realty The Lens

The ArtWorks building near Lee Circle is up for sale once again. The $25 million, 93,000-square-foot building was built as a creative space for artists, but closed its doors 2 years ago after having financial trouble. Now, two groups are bidding to purchase the space.

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Community Impact
7:40 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Crescent City Community Land Trust Helps Mid-City Create Affordable Rental Units

A rendering of 2739 Palmyra, Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative's future affordable rental units.

In Mid-City, land trusts are expanding the range of affordable housing options.

“We’re walking up Jane Place, which is this two-block street, walking toward JPNSI Community Garden.”

JPNSI stands for Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, and leading me up the street is Shana Griffin, one of JPNSI’s cofounders.

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The Lens
10:44 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Landrieu Requests $100 Million For Charity Hospital

Mayor Mitch Landrieu applied for $100 million in state construction funds on Friday to redevelop the former Charity Hospital building. Renovating the building would cost around $300 million, and revitalize a moribund stretch of downtown.

It is highly unlikely that Governor Bobby Jindal and state legislators will give Mayor Landrieu the full $100 million next year. He asked for $100 million this year as well. He got $13 million.

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Notes from New Orleans
12:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

HNOC Oral Histories: Bill Borah, Jimmy Fitz And The Riverfront Expressway

The Louisiana Council for the Vieux Carre fought diligently against the proposed interstate system that would have passed through their historic neighborhood.
Credit Creative Commons/Louisiana Council for the Vieux Carré

The Historic New Orleans Collection and its senior curator Mark Cave have collected oral histories of some of this city's extraordinary citizens. On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin links HNOC's remarkable recording of soon-to-be 92 year-old former Lt. Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris to the anniversary of a controversial event; one that is likely not familiar to many younger Orleanians and certainly not to most newcomers.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

New Orleans Mapping Future Through Zoning Ordinance

New Orleans City Planning

New Orleans residents are getting a glimpse of the future in the city’s proposed new zoning laws. The latest version comes after two years of reviews.

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The Lens
8:11 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Developer Pres Kabacoff's Plan For Downtown

Standing on Canal Street, Pres Kabacoff describes his ideas to redevelop downtown New Orleans. The parking lot across the street would become a new mall to rival Lakeside Shopping Center. The old Charity Hospital, in the background, would be the home to City Hall, Civil District Court and a neuroscience research center.
Credit Tyler Bridges / The Lens

Developer Pres Kabacoff says he is a man on a mission to transform downtown. If the city center can be revitalized, he says, and the river can be connected to the lake, it would transform the entire city of New Orleans.

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The Lens
8:30 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Boom And Blight In Mid-City

The more modern house on the left remains a blight on the neighborhood. Becnel hopes the city will demolish it.
Credit Karen Gadbois

The problem of blight in New Orleans has hardly disappeared with the uptick in the city’s housing market. And on one quiet block in Mid-City, a very hot piece of real estate and a blighted home are existing side by side.

Local contractor Pete Becnel sold his renovated D’Hemecourt Street house in 24 hours. Just next door sits a house abandoned since Katrina. The crudely fashioned escape hatch from the roof is still visible.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Serbian Prime Minister Visiting New Orleans

Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic (far left) and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (center).
Tanjug

The prime minister of Serbia is wrapping up his first visit to New Orleans. The mission is aimed at building trade relations and improving political ties with the United States.

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