Dozens of Mandeville residents turned out for a public hearing earlier this week to vent about a plan to create a historic district.
The Times-Picayune reports most expressed fears the district would lead to over-regulation of private property.
Members of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission assured residents the ordinance to create the district can be modified based on public input. Still, some said it represents increased government intervention in their lives.
New Orleans became a blank slate after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. And ever since, entrepreneurs have rushed in to experiment with new ideas for building and running a city.
Among them is a startup called Neighborland.com, a social media tool for sharing ideas to make your neighborhood better. After signing in to Neighborland, you can find your neighborhood and post your idea. The posts all start with "I want," and you fill in the rest.
Nearly two dozen water and urban planning experts from the Netherlands have been reviewing the system in the city of New Orleans. They've come up with some ambitious concepts outlined today at Tulane University.