Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"Whose watching, whose making decisions?" DEMOLITIONS, DECISIONS & HISTORICAL RELEVANCE: NEIGHBORHOODS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN DECENT NEW ORLEANS



FOUND:

Think New Orleans » Not everything it seems - HCDRC Nov 26 Agenda
November 26th, 2007. Matt McBride. For the past few weeks I’ve been investigating demolition practices in the city,
with an emphasis on historic properties
thinknola.com/post/hcdrc-nov-26-agenda/ - 70k


November 26th, 2007
Matt McBride

For the past few weeks I’ve been investigating demolition practices in the city, with an emphasis on historic properties and how they are handled. I believe there is a systematic effort by the city to bypass statutory historic reviews for demolitions, and I believe that effort has been ongoing for at least a year, if not more.

By my estimates, hundreds of houses have been “overlooked” by the city’s Safety & Permits department in assembly of agendas for the Historic Conservation District Review Committee (HCDRC). In doing so, demolitions - which have been largely federally funded since Katrina - have proceeded at an accelerated pace which makes a mockery of the statutory process of historic review. Considering the considerable value of the city’s historic stock of houses, this is a tremendous disservice to the residents of this city and possibly the taxpayers of this nation.

As far as I can tell, when a demolition permit is applied for, the front-line clerk or someone in Safety & Permits determines whether a building is eligible for HCDRC review. The criteria are pretty simple. The building has to lie in a geographic area bounded by the Jefferson & St. Bernard Parish lines, the river, and a northern boundary marked by a line along Metairie Rd, City Park Ave, Wisner Blvd, I-610, and Florida Ave. Also the two National Register Districts outside that area - South Lakeview and Gentilly Terrace - are also under the HCDRC purview...



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Not everything it seems - HCDRC Nov 26 Agenda
http://thinknola.com/post/hcdrc-nov-26-agenda/
http://outside.in/New_Orleans_LA/tags/demolitions






















I was speaking a person closely associated with this house. The demolish notice was mistakenly put on the house on the left which is connected to the once bar and restaurant on the right. In this case a wrongful demolition was caught before it occurred. How many times has it not been? How are the demolitions in historically relevant Black New Orleanian neighborhoods are occurring before the community decides on its relevance to the community and its history?





When I was at the public housing demolitions hearings in January (check January blog-postings) I heard the New Orleans city hall commission that decideds what is demolished and not give a stay of execution, for this Upper 9th Ward School. I do not know what is happening since then. The people in the neighborhood of this school are rebuilding in extreme hardship and it is in my opinion that to tear down this school would be cruel.

MOST RECENT PHOTO'S OF HOUSES LOCATED ON SAME STREET AS JONATHON LOCKET SCHOOL TONTI STREET UPPER 9TH WARD NEW ORLEANS 2008
(mea culpa on spelling & street names)











"Many discouraging hours will arise before the rainbow of accomplished goals
will appear on the horizon."


-Haile Sellassie I



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