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.
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.