Friday, December 14, 2007

Demolitions Halted!

The T-P speaks! (h/t: sophmom)

The Housing Authority of New Orleans agreed in court today not to demolish the C.J. Peete, Lafitte or St. Bernard public housing developments unless the New Orleans City Council approves permits for the work.

The agreement allows HANO to proceed with demolition work, approved in November 2003 by the City Council, at the B.W. Cooper housing development.

Officials with the housing authority and attorneys for demolition opponents, who sued HANO Thursday to stop tear-downs at C.J. Peete, Lafitte and St. Bernard, reached the accommodation after meeting privately with Civil District Court Judge Herbert Cade, who said he would sign an order later today approving the deal.

And it was all thanks to the work of those brave kids that chained themselves to that building. (see below)

Check out this municipal code that I posted yesterday:

Sec. 26-11. Approval of demolitions of public housing.
New permits for demolition, issued after the effective date of this section, for existing structures used at any time during their existence for the purpose of providing public housing for the citizens of New Orleans, shall be issued only after a city council motion has been passed authorizing such a demolition permit to be issued.
Public housing, as used in this section, is housing under the management and control of the Housing Authority of New Orleans and/or the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
(M.C.S., Ord. No. 20511, § 1, 1-3-02)

It will be interesting to see where different members of City Council come down on this. Here is a list of contact information.


mominem said...

I wonder whether this will ultimately make any difference.

No money will be spent on existing projects.

Nobody will be housed.

Ultimately the Projects will be demolished.

Who benefits from this spectacle?

Nightprowlkitty said...

I'm glad the demolitions were halted.

We need to have a national conversation on what is fair and what is not for folks who don't have either money or power. This is happening all over the country, and New Orleans is a bellweather case, I believe.

It's funny. Folks don't want to see poverty, it's hard to see others not doing well, not dressing right, acting in a way we find uncomfortable, putting us on the spot with attitudes coming from a different place than our own, a different view of America, of our laws and what is fair and what is not.

It's funny, it's really ironic -- because we do like to see rich folks, who dress well and live well and make us dream of what we would do with such good fortune.

'Course they don't want to live near the rest of us, they have little private armies nowadays and they live in a social sphere most of us are locked out of.

Yet we watch them in the media, we are interested, and we watch poor folks in the media as well and we are not so interested or curious.

Yet who is affecting our day to day lives more? The billionaire heads of multinational corporations who are shredding our labor laws, polluting our environment, helping other countries to oppress their own people?

Or folks living in poverty?

lol. I think our standards of beauty have been seriously screwed. I do think we need to speak frankly about poverty in America and what we as citizens expect as fair treatment for those who need a helping hand.

As strongly as I disagree with Pistolette, hers is the level of frankness we need in this conversation. It will not be a comfortable one.

What happens in New Orleans is going to be watched by a lot of people, including this New Yorker.