A 20-ton tar mat has been discovered off the coast of the Grand Terre barrier island, CNN is reporting.
The 40,000-pound mix of oil, sand, shells and seawater was dug out of the shallows by workers off Grand Terre over the last few weeks, according to Lt. Commander Natalie Murphy, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.
Murphy told CNN the tar mat was approximately 165 feet long and stretched about 65 feet wide, though only about 15% of the total weight was oil.
A new series of highly visible art, preservation and reconstruction projects in New Orleans have popped up throughout New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina — work that strives to retain the integral nature of the city’s culture and promote resilience. But things don’t always go according to plan, and sometimes projects are abandoned midway. This is a story of preservation gone wrong, one group’s response, and a look towards the future.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson visits the blighted homes in the Hoffman Triangle that were moved from the VA Hospital Footprint in 2010 and remain abandoned, save for some new (and temporary?) exterior art installations.
Forbes contributor Joel Kotkin reviews rankings for New Orleans.
New Orleans has been judged by Forbes Magazine to be America’s fastest-growing city since 2007. But that distinction may be a bit hard to pinpoint when no other American city was more affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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.
This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. The recession and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico hit New Orleans hard, and that was after Katrina. The population has yet to return to pre-hurricane levels. Some houses lie empty, some properties abandoned, and the city continues to suffer from crime and unemployment.
M.A. Sheehan of the Lower Ninth Ward Homeownership Association.
A letter asking federal officials to help speed up state Road Home money has been delivered to the New Orleans office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Some residents are still out of their homes — almost eight years after Hurricane Katrina.
Plans to redevelop a long-abandoned New Orleans supermarket will include help from the city.
Thursday's announcement from Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office says major funding for the project will come from the New Orleans Fresh Food Retailer Initiative, which is funded by federal block grants and the nonprofit Hope Enterprise Corporation.
The 60,000 square-foot property on Broad Street in New Orleans' Mid City neighborhood was once a Schwegmann's supermarket. Whole Foods Market said this week it will open a store there as part of a larger redevelopment project.