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The City of New Orleans has revived a popular blight remediation program called the Lot Next Door. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority starts taking applications for it Monday.

New Orleans agencies are conducting online auctions to sell off property. Two University of New Orleans experts are saying the whole process should be ramped up.

About 130 homes and residential lots throughout New Orleans will go on auction this weekend.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority will sell the properties at Saturday’s auction with no minimum prices.

The event will be held in Hall H at the Morial Convention Center.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., with the auction starting at 11 a.m. Organizers recommend preregistering. Online bidding also is available.

Andrew Foltz Morrison

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority kicks off its latest community development initiative today — the new “Growing Green” project to spruce up the city’s vacant lots.
 
For $250 a year, anyone can apply to lease a vacant lot and turn it into a community garden or green space, under NORA’s  “Growing Green” program. There are about 2,500 unused and empty lots around the city.  

Karen Gadbois

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority still holds many properties that owners ceded to government control through the Road Home program after Hurricane Katrina. Many of those were sold to neighbors who lived next door. Others were auctioned.

But some Road Home residential lots have been taken over by the business next door. A change in property use, from a residence to a business, is supposed to come with an official zoning process.

Abigail Feldman

You see it in your neighborhood or on your way to work: an abandoned house or empty lot — a small piece of New Orleans which once belonged to someone, but now, is sagging or overgrown or both.