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Saturday, March 31, 2012

8309 - 11 Belfast

8309 - 11 Belfast
Sucession of Juanita McFerrin to Joan Sarrett

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rabies Vacines @ Carrollton Ave. Firehouse

Engine 24 - 2430 South Carrollton Ave.
2012 Rabies Campaign Set for Sunday, April 1 - 1:00 to 5:00 pm
The cost is only $15.00 (cash only).

It’s important to vaccinate and protect our pets from rabies. This deadly disease is easy to prevent. When our dogs and cats are protected, we are also protecting ourselves and our loved ones from having to go through a long and painful treatment. Rabies Vaccinations, along with dog and cat licenses, will be given in Orleans (and Jefferson) Parish on Sunday, April 1, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The cost is only $15.00 (cash only).

Other Orleans Parish Locations:

Engine 1 - 2920 Magazine St.

Engine 4 - 6900 Downman Rd.

Engine 12 - 5600 Franklin Ave.

Engine 17 - 4115 Woodland, Algiers

Engine 35 - 964 N. Carrollton Ave.

Engine 27 - 2118 Elysian Fields Ave.

Engine 36 - 5403 Read Blvd.

LASPCA - 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

8315-15 1/2 Belfast

Sold by Naomi Davis Downey
to Gong Yao Wang &  Yan Zou Wang

Welcome to the neighborhood.

8237-39 Apricot Street

Sale Andrew Rene Ancar to Security Development Company, LLC

So picked up for a song at auction/sheriff sale.
Sold for same song.  Probably got insurance money too.

8200 block of Apricot

8200 block of Apricot

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Book Lovers!!! Everything must go!!

Great Acquisitions Books Closing March 21 - 24
8200 Hampson Street, Third Floor

About Great Acquisitions Books

Great Acquisitions Books was founded in 1991 by Joseph Cohen, a retired Tulane University English professor. It stocks a wide selection of over 24,000 used, rare and out-of-print books. Areas of specialization include Louisiana, the American South, Military History, Art, Literature, History, Science, Foreign Language, as well as scholarly works in all fields.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tulane Stadium .... Larger than the New Orleans Arena

This is not in NorthWest Carrollton BUT it could very well influence traffic in the area. Take a listen to the story on Fox8 

And if you are so inclined Sign the Petition opposing it.

Below is why the petition creators are concerned. Bold emphasis mine.
"Building a 30,000-seat stadium in the heart of a vibrant, historic residential neighborhood will have a significant adverse impact on the lives of homeowners and families throughout the Uptown community.
First, the stadium is too big for the proposed space. Tulane has built several buildings where the old stadium used to stand, making it necessary to locate the new stadium less than 40 feet from the back door of neighboring homes. It would literally cast a huge shadow on the surrounding neighborhoods and forever change the residential Uptown community.
Second, it will cause major disruptions throughout the year. Tulane promotes that it will keep the proposed stadium very busy with a wide variety of high-traffic events, ranging from college and High School football games to concerts and graduations. The traffic for these events will create a “box” around the area, making it nearly impossible to get in or out of our neighborhoods throughout the year. Garbage and food delivery trucks, buses and other activity before and after stadium events would add to the traffic and noise.
For context, the stadium would seat 30,000. That's 12,000 more fans than the New Orleans Arena, with none of the supporting parking, transportation infrastructure or retail amenities. It's worth noting that, even with ample surrounding parking, the Arena has traffic issues before and after events…and it’s in a business district equipped for high traffic levels.
We rebuilt our homes, our neighborhoods, our city and our lives after Katrina and we just want to protect our quality of life and honor the social contract we made with our city. We ask Tulane to be a good neighbor and find another location that better suits the stadium’s size and infrastructure needs. Don’t squeeze it into the middle of an established residential neighborhood."

Carrollton Lumber & Wrecking Blight Hearing

Upcoming Hearing Time

03/22/2012 09:30:00 AM

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Attempted Armed Robbery 2400 Octavia

Wanted Subject: Black male, 18-23 years of age, 5’9” in height, around 175 pounds, chunky build, possible facial hair on chin wearing oversized red shirt with the collar turned up and a black baseball cap armed with dark colored handgun

Victim parked his vehicle in his driveway, as he exited the perpetrator approached from behind (the sidewalk). The perpetrator pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim and demanded his wallet. The victim refused; the perpetrator then requested the victim’s vehicle keys, the victim began to yell. Neighbors began to appear causing the perpetrator to flee. The subject fled on foot north on Octavia to Magnolia then turned west (left) toward Tulane University to unknown.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Coming to Palmer Park...

Really do we *need* this around all the time to remind us that we may need to leave our city?  I don't think so. But as long as someone else is paying for it....

See article below from the Times Picayune

Sculpture will dot 17 spots for hurricane bus pickup.
Michelle Krupa - Times Picayune - March 8, 2012

After city officials decided there was no safe place in New Orleans to shelter residents during a major hurricane, they created a bus system to shuttle evacuees from 17 neighborhood pickup spots to the Union Passenger Terminal, where residents could board charter buses to state-designated shelters.
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'Wave' by Douglas Kornfeld will serve as an icon at mustering points where people will gather for transportation out of New Orleans in case of an emergency.
But when Hurricane Gustav blew through in 2008, many complained they didn't know where to catch the free ride.
Starting this year, finding the pickup locations, dubbed EvacuSpots, should be far less confounding thanks to the installation of identical, 12-foot sculptures at sites citywide.

The pieces, made of white stainless steel tubes, resemble a three-dimensional stick figure with its left arm raised above its O-shaped head as if hailing a cab or bus.
Dubbed "Wave" by Cambridge, Mass., artist Douglas Kornfeld, the sculpture recently was selected through a national competition sponsored by the Arts Council of New Orleans and the group, which recruits volunteers -- mostly young adults -- to help manage the public evacuation program before they leave town themselves.
"I wanted something that would gather your attention but wouldn't be scary," Kornfeld said by phone this week. "I know EvacuSpots is about the terrible event of evacuation in an emergency, but I also wanted it to have the spirit of New Orleans.
"Everyone is so friendly. Everyone is so smiley," he said. "You have this Southern gentility and hospitality, and I think a waving motion speaks to that."

'Meet me there, Mister'
Since winning the public art contest, Kornfeld added that he's been told his figure calls to mind a Carnival reveler reaching up for a strand of beads.
"I said, 'Oh, my God! We have to put a hook on the end of these so people can throw beads at it,'" he said.
The artist will earn $200,000 -- about three-quarters of it already in hand -- to complete 16 figures for installation at pickup points including Palmer Park in Carrollton and the Arthur Mondy Center in Algiers.
One "flagship figure," rising 18 feet into the air, also is expected to be erected in "a very prominent location," though the site hasn't been chosen yet, he said.
The Arts Council will seek approval from the city's Design Advisory and Planning Advisory committees before installing the sculptures, said Morgana King, the organization's director of public art.

Evacuteer founder Robert Fogarty, who has nicknamed Kornfeld's figure the "Meet me there, Mister," hatched the public art concept as a way to spread the word about the City-Assisted Evacuation Plan.

"How do we a prepare a city for something that doesn't enter your consciousness every day and typically not until it is an immediate threat?" he said recently in an email.

'We're signed out'
By positioning the sculptures near existing bus stops that double as evacuation pickup points, Fogarty hopes those who may need the service will have seen the sculptures hundreds of times before the next hurricane.
But why not just enlarge or brighten the rectangular signs that currently designate the evacuation pick-up spots?
"We're signed out, as society goes," Fogarty said. "These 17 pickup points are too important to get lost in our collective clutter.
"People may think the waving guys are beautiful, and other may think they're ugly," he said. "In either scenario, they at least remember where it was -- and that's what matters."

For now, Fogarty is focused on raising the final $50,000 to complete the project.
The Arts Council's Percent for Art Program, which under city law receives 1 percent of eligible capital bonds sold by the city, has committed $100,000 to the effort, with the remaining money coming from the local architecture firm of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and some 500 online donors.
Kornfeld said he will begin work in coming weeks.
"I think once we get going, that last piece of the puzzle will fall into place."
At least a few sculptures are expected to be in place by the June 1 start of hurricane season, organizers said.

Storm-proofed sculptures
Massive machines that cut and bend metal will craft the pieces, Kornfeld said, adding that he hopes to contract with a fabricator in the New Orleans area "to keep the money in the community."
As for their height and girth, Kornfeld said he's not worried that his pieces will founder in the very hurricanes they aim to help residents escape.
"There will be a gigantic piece of concrete underground that will be supporting this," he said. "These will not be susceptible to hurricane winds. These will be one of the last things standing."
"Wave" becomes the latest in a long series of public art projects in Kornfeld's portfolio.
Among them is a 2006 installation outside the St. Petersburg Judicial Center in St. Petersburg, Fla. Titled "Face the Jury," it comprises 13 oversize red steel chairs scattered over a half-acre site, a dozen that represent the diverse members of a jury and one for the defendant.
Another, the 2010 "Who are You?" exhibit at the Indiana State University Art Gallery, features giant versions of the international symbol for male painted on the walls surrounding urinals. A nearby ladies' room features vinyl decals of the iconic female symbol on vanity mirrors.
Michelle Krupa can be reached at or 504.826.3312.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Entrepreneurial Spirit of the City

I'm proud to be a New Orleans native. Our town exerts an emotional tug not just on me but on people around the world, including some who know it only by reputation. Wherever I go, people pepper me with questions when they find out I'm from New Orleans. In the past, they mainly asked about the music, food or our predilection for larger than life politicians. But nowadays, it's mainly about how New Orleans, against all odds and most expectations, rebounded from Katrina.
Not only did the city rebuild, it came back better than it was before. It created an innovative model for schools, which took one of the worst systems in the nation and made it a template for reform and student success. And it embraced an entrepreneurial spirit that has spawned startups and attracted creative young minds. New Orleans has become a brain magnet.
As I prepare to head back to my hometown this week for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, I am struck by how a city's unique trajectory and revived entrepreneurial spirit can serve as a model for the rest of our nation as we struggle to regain our footing.
Upon its founding in 1718 and for more than two centuries afterwards, New Orleans provided a portal to the rest of America and an entryway to the American dream built on entrepreneurship. From the French and Spanish to the Irish and Africans, it was a melting pot of opportunity in every sense of the word, creating an entrepreneurial culture and laying a foundation for a city that would become so dear to the rest of the world.
But, like many places, New Orleans became complacent. After decades of neglect and massive brain drain, New Orleans became known as the land of beads, booze and Mardi Gras.
But in August 2005, the failure of the federal levees after Katrina left New Orleans devastated. Despite being presumed dead by many, New Orleans rose up and reawakened its long-dormant entrepreneurial spirit. Like the original pioneers, a diverse group of people came together to rebuild -- a group of eager, inventive natives and newcomers.
Everyone in New Orleans became an entrepreneur -- they once again embraced risk and uncertainty, and they created innovative solutions to persistent problems. They asked the question, "What if?" What if I could make a difference? New Orleans not only got back on its feet but began to re-establish itself as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.
The fact that New Orleans has grown to one of the country's most thriving start-up hubs is what I speak of with pride now when I talk of my hometown. And as our country struggles to rise from the current economic climate, we need to look to New Orleans for inspiration.
Cultivating innovation and strengthening new ventures are critical to the revitalization of the U.S. economy. The entrepreneurial culture of New Orleans is outpacing the nation in the growth of start-ups and is attracting businesses, investors and a global network of talent who are providing the resources for these ventures to prosper. New Orleans Entrepreneur Week is the embodiment of this entrepreneurial culture -- national investors, business leaders, policy experts and even top MBA students from around the country all choose to come to New Orleans every March to participate in the city's economic resurgence.
Entrepreneurship has always been a critical part of American culture. It needs to be encouraged and sustained across the nation. Fortunately, few communities will have a "Katrina" moment, but any community can start an entrepreneurial movement. It requires a willingness to imagine and ask, "What if?" New Orleans did, and we are now witnessing the rebirth of a great American city.
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dangerous on Apple Street

According to the New Orleans Assessor's website
Property Owned by:  MARIA L. SANTANA
8209-11 APPLE ST
Total Taxes Due As Of 3/4/2012 $7908.98

The house is wide open all windows broken. It is dangerous.
There has already been a fire.  Children walk past this property on their way to Lafayette School daily. The property has been reported by neighbors.
8209-11 Apple
Front View from Apple Street

The view below is from Dublin to the open backdoor of the house
which fronts on Apple.

This blog post has been used to report this address to City Agencies.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

New Traffic Cameras

11 new locations
"Almost all new cameras are in school zones
The threshold for receiving a ticket during school hours in a school zone will remain 26 mph.
map-Traffic cameras-TP-March-2012

"City officials also plan to bump up by 10 mph the speed limit along Jackson Avenue between Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue, where the city's second-busiest camera snared roughly 25,000 motorists last year. The camera accounted for about one-tenth of the camera-generated tickets issued by the city last year.
The new speed limit of 35 mph -- which was previously in place on the divided portion of Jackson before neighbors had it lowered -- will match that of most other divided streets in the city."
The is change above is appropriate. Consistency is important and this camera was nothing more than a speed trap.

BUT this is NOT...
"The administration plans to boost the threshold for receiving a ticket by 4 mph, except during school hours, meaning a driver has to be going at least 10 mph over the speed limit to trigger the camera."
The cameras on Carrollton at Earhart and I-10 have made a positive difference in speed and safety at these locations.  Changing the upper limit will allow folks to start speeding again. Leave it where it is. This makes up for the fact that over time people learn and change their behavoirs.
As the article says:
"Figures supplied by the city show that speeding violations have declined by more than 90 percent at most locations where cameras were installed in 2008."
"The new threshold for speeding violations will decrease the number of tickets the city issues, though officials could not provide exact data on how precipitous the drop will be. But data collected in traffic studies for the 11 new cameras suggest that roughly two-thirds of speeders are going between 6 mph and 10 mph over the posted limit." 
If the city is going to generate revenue why NOT have it be for breaking the law?

The rules on Paying Tickets are going to change too.
"Almost two-thirds of the people who receive camera-generated tickets from the city pay their fines, the remaining one-third don't, creating resentment among the compliant payers."
"Officials are also promising to target more aggressively the roughly one-third of ticket recipients who don't pay, ..."
"The city will first send dunning letters, and then sue, to collect the debts of all non-payers who owe at least $500 in speeding fines, he said. That group, as of September, numbered at least 16,000."

So LOOK for those PHOTO ENFORCED Signs and SLOW DOWN!!!

"The free ride enjoyed by city employees who rack up fines in city cars is also over, Kopplin said. In the future, city employees' tickets may be waived only when the employee is responding to an emergency, Kopplin said. Those who don't pay fines will face discipline."

Recent Real Estate Transactions

8130 Belfast  Roxanne Necaise to Michael Cavataio $100

8518-20 Pritchard Place Louisiana Land Trust to NORA (New Orleans Redevelopment Authority), no value stated, donation

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Save- A-Lot

Coming to the "old Walgreens" on the corner of Carrollton & Earhart.

Really?  That's all you got?

NORDC Teen Council

This year NORDC plans to continue
the successful Teen Career Exploration Camp
and would like to meet with interested students in the NO area.
Students will earn a stipend of $75 while having fun learning.

Some of the fun activities the students will participate in include:
Career Exploration Field Trips such as Civil Court & News Station
Junior Achievement Finance Park
Fun classes like Digital Photography, Robotics, and Financial Literacy
Resume Building and College Tours & Workshops
Fun with leisure sports like golf and tennis
Fun workshops for teens with the NO Public Library
and much much more....

For more information please see the
Teen Camp Power Point .