development

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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Transportation
7:30 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Putting The Pedal To The Metal: New Orleans' Bicycling Infrastructure Is Expanding

The newly-repaved Esplanade Ave. As part of the street's reconstruction, a lane in each direction was eliminated and a bike lane added.
Nina Feldman WWNO

No matter what neighborhood you live in, chances are you’ve been confronted with one thing this summer — and that’s construction. As roads from the Lakefront to the Riverbend get smoothed over, city officials are taking the opportunity to ensure that the new roads are better not only for drivers, but also for cyclists.

Lalo Flores, a Mid-City resident and avid bicyclist, is impressed by the repairs to Esplanade Ave.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Costco Gets Ready To Open New Orleans Store

New Orleans is getting ready to offer big box warehouse retail shopping inside city limits. A Costco is to open later this month.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Out To Lunch: The Comebacks

Josef Wright and Greg Ensslen.
Elizabeth Hudson It's New Orleans

Greg Ensslen is founder of the Freret Street Market and one of the prime movers in bringing Freret Street roaring back from blight to boom. President of the Greater Mid City Business Association Josef Wright presides over the sprawling new hospital district and resurgence of Carrollton Avenue.

Plus, we hit the swamps with Lost Lands.

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