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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.

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.

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.

Landrieu Requests $100 Million For Charity Hospital

Nov 4, 2013

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.

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.

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.

Developer Pres Kabacoff's Plan For Downtown

Sep 25, 2013
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.

Boom And Blight In Mid-City

Sep 19, 2013
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.

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.

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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