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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Water pressure is expected to drop to low levels between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in a section of Carrollton as the Sewerage & Water Board repairs a pair of 43-inch water mains.
The affected area is bounded by Leonidas Street, Earhart Boulevard, South Carrollton Avenue and South Claiborne Avenue.
Residents and business owners who continue to experience water-pressure problems after 8 p.m., Sunday, should call 504.52.WATER.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Many people have wondered about the name NorthWest Carrollton?
Before Katrina there was no NorthWest Carrollton.
Isn't this area Hollygrove? Well no actually it isn't. As the map shows this area is a part of the West Carrollton/Leonidas census tract. We are the little "northern" penisula of West Carrollton that hangs over Claiborne Avenue.
Additionally, this area is part of the Carrollton Historic Register Neighborhood. Please note that the PRC's current map shows the same boundaries and this crosses Claiborne and extends to Fig. PostKatrina this area was one of the areas the Bring New Orleans Back Commission said needed to "prove our viability".
If we were going to prove our viability, folks needed to know exactly where we are located. PreKatrina this area did not have any kind of name recognition. So a critical part of establishing the neighborhood organization and being able to lobby for our area was establishing a name that has finally become readily used and recognizable.
As Stephanie Bruno indicated in her her recent article in the InsideOut we've built community. We have name recognition and now we're about to be discovered.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tomorrow night, SilenceIsViolence will join the Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aide and Pleasure Club to walk through a particularly afflicted zone of Uptown, including the site where Qian lost her life. We will hold a brief memorial for Qian at Hickory and Leonidas streets while walking through Pigeon Town. Second District Commander, Major Little, is sending representation from his district to join the citizens who walk for peace.
We invite all who feel that community action is a crucial part of our public safety, and all who mourn the violent loss of our citizens, to join the Pigeon Town Steppers on Thursday evening. The full route should take less than an hour and is listed below. Confronting violence with peace, and claiming our right to our own streets, is one way we seek to heal our neighborhoods.
Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aide and Pleasure Club
6PM, THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009
START: Leondias and Willow St. Walk down Willow to Monroe St. Right turn on Monroe to Green St. Turn left on Green; out Green St. to Gen.Odgen St. Turn right on Gen. Odgen to Hickory St. Turn right on Hickory St. to Leondias St. Turn left on Leondias St. to Corn St. Turn right on Cohn St. to Joliet St. Turn left on Joliet St. to Panola St. Turn Right on Panola St. Out Panola to Cambronne St. Right turn on Cambronne St. Out Cambronne St. to Willow St. Turn Right on Willow St to Leondias St. to end where we began.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
(Left) LSU/VA Proposal - Lower Mid-City demolished, Charity abandoned
(Right) FHL/RMJM Proposal - Compromise on Lower Mid-City, Charity saved
To Whom It May Concern:
Just weeks ago, your organization joined a powerful coalition of 60 other community groups to make three general demands of our municipal and state leadership. Because of our collective voices, the City Planning Commission has delivered on the request for a public hearing to present the two competing proposals for the restoration of health care institutions to New Orleans. We’re writing to ask for your help. We need you to urge your membership to attend this critical hearing.
It is now up to us to make certain – not just that this hearing is comprehensive and legitimate – but also that the City Planning Commission and its staff meet their obligation and responsibility to the public as the city’s department of planning experts. A public forum alone does not guarantee the reasonable, independent analysis of the competing hospital plans we need to ensure that officials are making the best possible choice for the best possible outcome for residents and taxpayers.
This is what we should expect our City Planning Commission to accomplish:
1. Include both the FHL/RMJM and LSU/VA site proposals in the Master Plan planning process in order to determine the impact the projects will have on Mid-City, the Central Business District, and the City of New Orleans.
2. Use the testimony presented and the materials submitted at this public hearing to produce a recommendation to City Council concerning which of the hospital proposals is in the best interest of Mid-City, the CBD, and the City of New Orleans.
3. Request the City Council to hold a public hearing on the recommendations presented to them by the Commission in order that the Council will be in a position to adopt a resolution expressing its opinion on which hospital proposal is in the best interest of Mid-City, the CBD, and the City of New Orleans.
We need your help to organize and mobilize!
Make sure that you and everyone in your organization is informed and prepared to attend this pivotal civic event.
Bill Borah, Smart Growth For Louisiana
Walter Gallas, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Monday, May 25, 2009
In the interest of transparency, I want to provide you with the first release of the comprehensive survey results from District 95. Over 12,000 surveys were mailed out in April. Although I continue to receive a few surveys in the mail each day, I feel comfortable releasing the data we have compiled thus far. With a sample size of almost 500 households, the percentages should remain relatively consistent.
As most of you know, I am currently representing our District in Baton Rouge during the 2009 Legislative Fiscal Session. I greatly appreciate the calls, e-mails, and other forms of communication during session. As you might imagine, I receive over 200e-mails and 50 calls a day. Although I cannot personally respond to all forms of communication, I try my best to read and listen to each and every message.
Thank you for staying engaged in the legislative process. Upon adjournment at the end of June, I will provide you with a complete legislative overview via e-mail and postage mail. I will also provide you with more information regarding the survey, how and why I voted on the various issues addressed in the survey, and other important votes that I make during session. We have already taken up many hot-button issues that are sure to facilitate discussion.
Please understand that District 95 is extraordinarily diverse in racial, religious, age, political ideology, geographic, and socio-economic makeup. Most residents of District 95 are not aware of the size or geographic boundaries of the District. District 95 begins at the Audubon Zoo and extends to Mid-city, ending at Canal Street and Carrollton Ave. I do my very best to listen to all constituents regardless of your background or beliefs. If time permits, I may even call you to explain my vote on a specific controversial issue that you have called or e-mailed me about. Positive dialogue is a crucial way for us to better understand one another.
Due to the extraordinary diversity of our District, you may not always agree with me on every issue. However, it is my hope that you respect my tireless work to best represent our district in the State Legislature. My votes always reflect what I determine to be in the best interest of the District, City, and State.
Please remember if you would like to follow any of the daily activities in the State Legislature, you can visit: www.legis.state.la.us
My legislative office e-mail is Hinesw@legis.state.la.us and legislative phone number, 504-756-4675.
Thank you again for your support during this difficult legislative session. I look forward to attending numerous neighborhood meetings upon adjournment. I will also host a town hall forum.
If my aides or I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
District 95 Survey Results:
The 2009 Legislative Survey was sent to all households in District 95 that voted in the 2008 Presidential election. Individuals with the same last name only received one survey per address. Individuals with different last names at the same address received multiple surveys. The 2008 Presidential election was the largest voter turnout in election history. There were 12,930 surveys mailed out. The non-scientific sample below consists of approximately 486 surveys.
1) Do you support allowing students with a concealed weapons permit to carry a handgun on college and university campuses?
Yes: 9% No: 81% Don’t Know: 10%
2) Are you in favor of increased health insurance coverage of the poor and uninsured?
Yes: 71% No: 20% Don’t Know: 9%
3) Do you support building a new, Academic Medical Center and Teaching Hospital in New Orleans?
Yes: 69% No: 19% Don’t Know: 12%
4) Do you support using Rainy Day Funds and Economic Development Slush Funds to supplement a projected budget shortfall?
Yes: 40% No: 37% Don’t Know: 23%
5) Do you favor term limits for School Board Members?
Yes: 81% No: 11% Don’t Know: 8%
6) Do you support reducing or eliminating the current state income tax?
Yes: 50% No: 38% Don’t Know: 12%
7) Do you support increasing the homestead exemption from the current $75,000 to $160,000?
Yes: 41% No: 46% Don’t Know: 13%
8) Should the Legislature override Governor Jindal and accept the $98 million in the Federal Stimulus Package tied to unemployment compensation?
Yes: 68% No: 24% Don’t Know: 8%
9) Should the Legislature override Governor Jindal and accept the Federal Stimulus Package monies dedicated to providing health care to those leaving welfare for work?
Yes: 72% No: 17% Don’t Know: 11%
10) Do you support raising the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1?
Yes: 78% No: 17% Don’t Know: 5%
11) Do you support increased drug testing of welfare recipients?
Yes: 57% No: 35% Don’t Know: 8%
12) Do you support state-funded vouchers or scholarships to attend private school?
Yes: 40% No: 53% Don’t Know: 7%
13) Do you support a ban on driving while talking on a non-hands free cellphone?
Yes: 70% No: 24% Don’t Know: 6%
14) Do you support increased criminal penalties for DWI/DUI charges?
Yes: 65% No: 20% Don’t Know: 15%
The Honorable Walker Hines
State Representative - District 95 - New Orleans
Legislative E-mail: Hinesw@legis.state.la.us
Legislative Office Address: 5500 Prytania Street #626, New Orleans, LA 70115
Legislative Office Phone Number: 504-756-4675
1. HB383 - PENDING LEGISLATION RE PARENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY
Trish Clay, a friend of CRNA-CC from the Palmer-Calhoun nhood, also in the second district, reports that this legislation is making progress. An article in the Times-Picayune (page A-17 on Sun 5/24/09) report that the Parental Accountability Legislation proposed by Rep. Walker Hines (and fostered by Major Bruce Little, the NOPD 2nd District Commander), passed House Committee and is scheduled for debate on Fri 5/29.
Click here to read bill HB383, or go to:
2. NEW ONLINE SERVICE TO HEAR EMERGENCY POLICE RADIO LIVE!
www.projectnola.com is offering live access to live radio broadcast police radio, ultimately of the JSPO, NOPD, State Troop B and other New Orleans metro area police departments, sheriff's offices, and emergency services. The site is developing this channel in effort to help keep locals aware of crimes in progress, active dangerous threats, and suspicious activity. Particularly enlightening is the guide to Police Signal Codes. Check it out! I've only heard JPSO live so far.
To listen go to:
AA - Carrollton Crime Collaborative
Thursday, May 21, 2009
PRC’s Great Neighborhood Sellabration features workshops, exhibits and homes for sale in sixteen New Orleans neighborhoods
Saturday, May 30
8 a.m. -1 p.m. Free.
The PRC is partnering with neighborhood associations in this homebuyers fair. The event will showcase great house buying opportunities in New Orleans historic neighborhoods plus workshops and exhibits on how to buy, renovate and finance properties. The event is free and open to the public.
9:00-9:45 am Financial Fitness
10:00-10:45 am Buy Right
11:00-11:45 am Renovate Right
12:00-12:45 pm Financial Fitness
ALL DAY "Ask a Realtor"
Participating Neighborhoods Include:
Lower Garden District
Historic Faubourg Treme
Also Participating are: Iberia Bank, Gulf Coast, Whitney, Rebuilding Information Station, Rebuilding Together, and Global Green!
701 Magazine Street (corner Girod St., across from the Farmer’s Market in the Warehouse District).
For more information, contact Suzanne Blaum at (504) 636-3399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
It is with great pleasure and heartfelt gratitude that we announce the 4th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival May 22-23, once again being held on the banks of historic and beautiful Bayou St. John.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Everyone needs to know that we have Landis to thank for it.
Take one more look at the photo and then mentally see the trees that we will be planting between the sidewalk and the street in November.
Re: 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans
New Orleans, LA - May 19, 2009 - "Today, the City of New Orleans and the entire State of Louisiana received the wonderful news that we will be hosting a record 10th Super Bowl in 2013. The National Football League's decision reflects enormous confidence in the future of our great city and is a testament to the resilience, passion, and dedication of those who came back to, moved to, and invested in post-Katrina New Orleans. The economic impact of the 2013 Super Bowl, representing hundreds of millions of dollars, is a tremendous shot in the arm for our community.
Many individuals and groups need to be thanked for today's announcement, but special thanks go out to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the NFL owners, Mr. Benson and the entire Benson family, the Saints organization, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and its CEO Jay Cicero, presenters Rod West and Stephen Perry, and representing members Bob Brown and Ron Forman. Kudos to each of them on a remarkable job!"
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
She did. The article is on the wonderful set of Arts and Crafts houses in the 8200 Block of Apricot. Planets aligning indeed. Thank you Stephanie.
If anyone who lives in the neighborhood would like to help staff the table at the PRC's SELLabration from 8AM to 1PM (enough volunteers and we can work shifts) on May 30 a 701 Magazine @ Girod, please contact us at email@example.com
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thank you Landis Construction!
Our beloved bubblegum factory has never looked so good. The residents of NorthWest Carrollton are thrilled to have you as neighbors. We are grateful that you have restored and enlived this beautiful old building.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The "Sets" group the house photos taken (so far) by street.
See if you can find your house.
Not all houses have photos yet.
I'd love to be able to get photos of you on your front steps. So if you are interested in being "online" please send eMail to firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm also looking for people to help us staff the at NorthWest Carrollton's table at the PRC's SELLabration on
Saturday, May 30, 2009, from 8a.m. to 1p.m.
at 701 Magazine St (across from the Farmer’s Market)
If you are interested please please send eMail to email@example.com
and let me know what time you'd be available.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Then read the TP article
Here was the ultimate tipping point for me personally.
The plans for the Hospitals assume that the
existing, functional, state of the art multimillion dollar
BLOOD CENTER will be demolished.
If this is planning be afraid. Be VERY afraid.
And then plan to participate in the City Planning Commission public meeting May 28 on the plans for new Veterans Affairs and Louisiana State University hospitals in New Orleans. The session will begin at 4 p.m. in the City Council chamber at City Hall and is expected to run several hours.
Thursday, May 28, 2009, at 4PM in City Council Chambers, 1300 Perdido Street.
City Planning Commission will hold a special public forum on the proposed Louisiana State University and Veterans Administration Hospital projects. Information obtained from the meeting will be used in the development of a Master Plan for the City of New Orleans. Hospital and City representatives are invited to make brief presentations at the beginning of the meeting, followed by public comments and questions to be answered by the appropriate parties. The public forum will close at 9pm.
Monday, May 11, 2009
We met with S&W last week to discuss Apple & Fig Street Repairs. We also discussed the other smaller S&W issues we have in our area.
Critical issues with sewerage and maintaining sufficient water pressure to fight fires will always take precedent over other issues.
Also please realize that S&W repairs take time because, even once they isolate the problem and think that they have repaired it, sometimes the repair process creates a problem on other areas of nearby pipe. It should not take months to repair 2 blocks, but some time needs to elapse between the repair and paving to ensure the repairs are complete. If a repair is complete and the street paved and it is still leaking (it happens), please report it again via the online tool and send eMail to NAcarrollton@mindspring.com. When repairs are complete S&W is responsible for returning the street/sidewalk back to the condition they found it in. So we will have to continue to work with City of New Orleans Department of Public Works and our City Council Representative on street and sidewalk repairs.
We have an old system BUT the salt water from PostKatrina flooding also significantly damaged the infrastructure.
So REPORT problems.
If you aren't getting action or have concerns about the quality or safety of the work please contact us at NWcarrollton@mindspring.com.
But be patient too.
Friday, May 8, 2009
9:15 – 9:45 AM
St. Gabriel's Community Center
4700 Pineda St.
Presenter: Bill Robinson, LSU AgCenter Associate
Learn what causes poor indoor air quality and how to manage it. Mold is a common problem in New Orleans homes and vapors from building materials, carpeting, cabinetry, paints and varnishes can be hazardous to our health. This presentation will provide information on how source control, ventilation and filtration can improve the indoor air quality in your home.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
When: Wednesday, MAY 13th 6:00pm – 8:30pm
If there is rain the walk will be rescheduled and the meeting will start @ 7:30PM
Where: Incarnate Word - 8326 Apricot Street
Come meet your neighbors,
& discover what is going on in our area!
Please note time change STARTING @ 6PM just this once
so we can hold our
Silence is Violence
Neighborhood Watch Walk
within NorthWest Carrollton's boundaries
Silence is Violence Neighborhood Watch Crime Walk route will be:
Start @ Incarnate Word
Walk down Apricot to Leonidas
Walk down Leonidas to Belfast
Walk down Belfast to Cambronne
Walk down Cambronne to Nelson
Walk down Nelson to Dublin
Walk down Dublin to Apple
Walk down Apple to Joliet
Walk down Joliet back to Apricot
Return to Incarnate Word for cool down, refreshments
and see our ideas on a Neighborhood Orchard
Other Topics are:
Sewerage & Water Board repairs on Apple, Apricot & Cambronne
PRC's SELLebration - May 30th, 701 Magazine St
Monthly magazine exchange
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Ten neighborhoods in N.O. are exploredSunday, May 03, 2009 By Ramon Antonio VargasStaff writer
Ronnie Seaton, a master chef who has cooked for three U.S. presidents, lives in a neatly groomed shotgun house in New Orleans' northwest Carrollton neighborhood, less than 100 feet from a blighted corner known to residents as a hot spot for drug peddling.
Despite the contrast, Seaton's home and the crime-ridden corner both were designated stops on a walking tour Saturday that commemorated a renowned urban activist who advocated the sort of walkable neighborhoods common to New Orleans.
Named for Jane Jacobs, who touted cities where people can get along without cars and make strong connections with their neighbors, more than 100 so-called "Jane's Walk" neighborhood tours took place Saturday across the United States and Canada. Volunteers led 10 tours in New Orleans enclaves including Broadmoor, Central City, Faubourg St. John and eastern New Orleans.
Northwest Carrollton Civic Association members Jenel Hazlett, Karen Gadbois and Kim Carver added a creative twist, celebrating their area's assets and calling out its liabilities. Though not well attended, perhaps because of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and other events around town, the tour was packed with landmarks that neighbors say have helped the area's Hurricane Katrina recovery, hurt it -- or both.
Hazlett, the group's president, pointed out Seaton and his Apple Street home as one of the neighborhood's indisputable assets. Greeting the tour in boxers and sandals, Seaton announced plans to conduct free cooking classes at a nearby church "to get kids off the street."
Another prime asset was the Landis Construction Co. headquarters in the 8300 block of Earhart Boulevard, former bubble-gum factory. Guides said the once-decrepit building now is the home base of rebuilding projects worth billions of dollars.
Other stops were less uplifting.
More than a dozen blighted homes and buildings that languish throughout the area are owned by the same few landlords, the guides said.
Gadbois, Carver, Hazlett knew the property owners names but said that neighbors have had little luck prodding them to clean up or sell their parcels.
One landmark simultaneously has blessed and hurt the neighborhood, Hazlett said.
John Blancher's decision to move his iconic Mid City Lanes Rock 'n Bowl music hall and bowling alley to the corner of Carrollton and Earhart had made NorthWest Carrollton "the next coolest neighborhood" in New Orleans, she said.
Unfortunately Hazlett said, Blanch didn't drop the "Mid-City" moniker from his business signs. The name is no doubt a powerful brand, she said, but it does nothing to polish the tarnished image of Northwest Carrollton that drug dealers and slumlords have created. "We are so excited to have them here. It's just that we're not Mid-City. She said, "They are no longer there."
Master Chef Ronnie Seaton talks outside his Apple Street home to Jenel Hazlett, Jason Tudor and Kim Carver during a walking tour Saturday of NorthWest Carrollton.
Karen Gadbois, left, Jason Tudor, Jenel Hazlett and Kim Carver take part in Jane's Walk, a walking tour Saturday that commemorated and urban activist who advocated the sort of walkable neighborhoods that are common in New Orleans.
While we made sure that we brought the hot spot in the 8300 Block of Apple Street to light, our neighborhood is not defined by drug dealers. We are defined by our historic register neighborhood, the opportunities waiting for anyone who wants to see and our fabulous diversity of people, housing and businesses.
Tuesday, May 5
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Community Center of St. Bernard
1107 LeBeau St
Keep the Water Out: Flashing for Windows
Presenter: Bill Robinson, LSU AgCenter Associate
Contractors as well as do-it-yourself homeowners are invited to this hands-on demonstration of the proper installation of house wrap, flashing, sealants and water barriers that control moisture, increase comfort and reduce water damage in Louisiana homes. Learn the “tricks of the trade” of keeping houses dry with
modern flashing materials by watching construction demonstrations using a real windows in this homeowner-friendly seminar.
Event website: http://ccstb.org/commevents/index.html
Thursday, May 14
BuildSmart Learning Center
1001 S. Broad St (under the Broad St overpass).
Weatherization Workshop: Keeping Energy Costs Down
Presenter: Bill Robinson, LSU AgCenter Associate
Did you know that 30-40% of heating and cooling is lost through air leakage in your home? This air leakage occurs mainly in your floors, walls and ceilings. Want to know how to keep air conditioned air where you want it? LSU AgCenter Associate Bill Robinson will help you to understand some of the choices you can make to insulate, air seal, and keep the heat out of your home in the summer. This workshop will cover how insulation, air sealing and radiant barriers will help you lower your energy costs and increase your comfort while maintaining a durable home.
Event website: http://www.all4energy.org/events
Sunday, May 17
Noon - 7:00 PM
Are you looking to have your building/rebuilding project be greener? Join us on Sunday, May 17, when the Alliance for Affordable Energy, the Green Project, UNO's Rebuilding Information Station, Global Green and the Tulane City Center will open up their doors for tours of green building resources in New Orleans.
Feel free to check out these locations at you leisure from 12 - 5 pm and join us for a party from 5 - 7 pm at the Buildsmart Learning Center! There will be music from Bye & Bye, beer, snacks and if you visit all 6 locations, you qualify for green raffle prizes, including a solar water heater gift certificate, a dual flush toilet, tankless water heater, BOSCH Cordless Impact Drill, Green Project grab bags and much more.
Pick up your map today from sponsoring locations! You can have your passport stamped at any of the locations prior to May 17th.
Further information on the Green Crawl is available at:
Green Crawl locations are: BuildSmart Learning Center (Alliance for Affordable Energy)
1001 S. Broad St.
The Green Project
2831 Marais St., NOLA
Rebuilding Information Station (a collaboration of UNO, LSU AgCenter, Tulane City Center and The Road Home Program)
2045 Lakeshore Dr., Ste 103, UNO Lakefront campus
Eco Pavilion at Botanical Gardens (Tulane City Center)
City Park - no tel.
Global Green house (Global Green)
409 Andry St.
Hollygrove Growers Market and Farm (Tulane City Center)
8301 Olive St.
Rebuilding Information Station
103 CERM Bldg
2045 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70148
Friday, May 1, 2009
is Saturday November 14th, 2009.
We will meet @ the Lions @ the corner of Pritchard Place & Carrollton
Volunteers Welcome.... Show up with your shovel and help us plant a Tree or 2 or many!
If live in NorthWest Carrollton (bounded by Earhart-Carrollton-Claiborne-Leonidas) and you want a form to request free trees, leave a comment and we’ll get back to you!