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4:19 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

St. Charles Streetcar Line Named National Historic Landmark

An historic Perley Thomas 900 series streetcar still in operation on the St. Charles Line, one of nine new national historic landmarks announced Tuesday by the Department of the Interior.
Infrogmation Wikimedia

The St. Charles streetcar line is one of nine new national historic landmarks announced Tuesday by the Department of the Interior.

The St. Charles Line has been in operation since 1835, making it the oldest continuously working street railway in the country.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Curious Romantics & Passionate Investigators: Louisiana Culinary Preservationists

Hunting alligator used to be an unregulated enterprise, but then it was outlawed in Louisiana. Years passed and the government decided to overturn their decision, but has kept hunting isolated to September.
Credit New York Public Library

If you sit down with Joey Fonseca to discuss alligator hunting, he'll let you know that governmental regulations make his blood boil. But you'll also quickly learn that his excitement for alligator hunting is contagious. Joey is one of this week's guests whose work preserves culinary traditions.

Another is Dr. Oliver Houck, an environmental professor at Tulane. His frequent visits to the Mississippi River batture have taught him to love that mysterious place and give him a handful of stories to share. We'll also speak with Jim Heimann and Jarred Zeringue — men who have indirectly documented a time and place by preserving restaurant menus and grandma's recipes, respectably.   

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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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French Quarter
7:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

French Quarter Battles Habana Outpost Restaurant Proposal

The current state of the intersection at Esplanade Avenue and North Rampart Street where the restaurant is proposed.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

The Vieux Carré Commission is scheduled to hold a final hearing Wednesday on a restaurant proposed for the French Quarter. A year-long battle with residents over the project will likely continue, no matter what’s decided.

Sean Meenan wants open a two-story open-air Cuban restaurant at North Rampart Street and Esplanade Avenue. He operates two similar establishments in New York City and one in Malibu, California.

But neighbors of the proposed Habana Outpost say it’s too big, and it doesn’t belong where the Quarter also borders the historic Tremé and Marigny neighborhoods.

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Historic Preservation
9:30 am
Sat June 30, 2012

Nonprofit requests demolition for house that city spent $35,000 to save and move

The nonprofit that owns this house in Tremé requested permission to tear it down, but has since said it's making efforts to renovate it.
Karen Gadbois The Lens

In a blow to housing preservation efforts, the nonprofit owners of a home that was moved from the new Veteran’s Affairs Hospital site to Tremé recently asked for permission to demolish the historic house.

The city spent $35,000 to move the house and donated it to Providence Community Housing.

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