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Thursday, May 31, 2012

And then there were 2 ????

We've been waiting for the 1 Landis trailer to be moved from the lot. 
And now there are 2.    An email to Landis has been sent asking when the trailers will be moved. Landis must have a place to store its construction site equipment.  Fig Street is not where this belongs.
Landis Trailers corner Fig & Dante

Could this related enterprise be an option?
Landis 241 Industrial Ave.  Jefferson, LA                                  
241 Industrial Ave. Jefferson, LA 70121

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Times Picayune and Voting with Dollars

Dear owners of the Times Picayune and The Lens.

It seems The Times Picayune thinks of me more as a product to be sold than as a consumer of information, that they are more interested in selling advertising than they are in providing news content.  In this business model reporters are simply overhead and the news I think I am buying is merely the delivery method for the advertising.

This is why print media are "failing".

I support NPR because I want the highest quality journalism I can find.  The decision the Times Picayune has made caused me to realize that I have the same option for Local News.  I want to support journalists who provide the product I really want and not simply a delivery method for advertising owned by people who are far, far from New Orleans.  So unless and until the TP changes their decision, I'm voting with my dollars.  The Lens will now get the same financial support from me that I formerly gave the Times Picayune. Oh and no more gift subscriptions for others either, so the TP isn't just loosing one delivery address. 

I still think that the Times Picayune is a great loss to New Orleans.  We have too many people who don't have the capacity to "consume" online news.   I still think that a tangible newspaper that can be waved about and pointed to and read without the need for electricity is valuable.   I also think that award winning journalism on disappearance of our coastline or recent reporting on the inner workings of our prison system is important to put in front of New Orleanians.  I want to continue to know what Jarvis DeBerry thinks.  I want to see who James Gill is poking with his rapier wit.  I want to see where Stephanie Bruno has walked this week.  I want to be aware of the offerings and the rhythms of the city, good and bad.  I want to be comforted in knowing that Bob Marshall and Mark Schleifstein are doing their best to keep us aware of the desperate state of our coastline.  I want to sample the opinions of others without having to wade through all the hateful trash that shows up in the comments on

But to the owners of the Times Picayune I am just a consumer of advertising. They don't value me as anything more than something to be offered to their real customers. And they don't value the journalists who provide the wrapper for this advertising and this is why they will eventually fail, in print and online.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2416 Dante corner S. Claiborne owned by DMK ACQUISTIONS & PROPERTIES

The photos above were taken in December 2011. It is worse today.
The property has been like this for a long time.

Pictures speak for themselves. 
The property while gutted and partially renovated, is not being properly maintained.

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Property Owner:
2354 LARK ST (The home address of KENNETH J CHARITY)

While demolition may be the preferable option in some parts of the city it is not in NorthWest Carrollton.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Simple Pleasure and the Times Picayune

All week I work either in front of a computer screen or in collaboration with people who either want something from me and my team or who need to be told and cajoled to follow required corporate practices.

I know technology. My house has Wi-Fi and broadband. We have cable and Roku. We have smartphones and Facebook accounts and then there is Flickr and blogging. We're solidly in the technical age.

But we LIVE in New Orleans, in a city that has always been so far behind it's ahead. We, New Orleanians, relish the simple pleasures: A good cup of coffee or a Sazerac on our patios and porches. The sounds of the calliope or the whistles of trains. We compare the song cycle offerings of our neighborhood mockingbirds. (Ours does Blue Jays, Cardinals, Thrushes, 1 house alarm and 3 different car alarms and the beep-beep associated with locking and unlocking cars and every once in a while lets loose with a unique only in NorthWest Carrollton repartee. But I digress.) We talk about what's growing in our gardens and share plants and seeds and the bounty. We wander to the Art Market and Hollygrove Market & Farm for local offerings of Art and Food. We have a bowling alley that offers live music for crying out loud.

I know how to get to news using technology. But as a New Orleanian I don't want that to be the primary way I get my daily news. At the end of a work day I want to settle into the my patio or couch with a Sazerac or a glass of ice tea and flip the tangible, not virtual, pages of my daily city newspaper. I want to take a look at the silly horoscope and see how many stars the day I just lived had and reconcile that with what actually happened. If it's Friday I want to see what the Lagniappe says is happening in town so I can plan just how ambitious I'll be in taking part in the many festivities or where I can go to avoid them. Or on a weekend I want to spread the paper on the dining room table and wander from the kitchen with a cup of coffee and imbibe slowly but steadily though all the sections. I may do left over dishes in between a section or start a load of laundry or decide to water plants on the patio. But what is lovely and unique about this newsprint newspaper experience is that I while I can take my time and wander from thing to thing, I know when I'm done with all the sections so I feel sated and complete.

With a 75% penetration rate (am I the only one who thinks that's a awful way to talk about the people who pay for the privilege to read the paper?) I'm obviously not alone.

This forced move to digital is not the reason why the TP has so many (compared to other markets) faithful subscribers. What we are paying for is the simple pleasure of unplugging to get our news, to take it slow, to be contemplative, to see a well written story by someone who lives in and knows our city that we might not see or even want to experience if we were to limit ourselves to what we know and like online.

This forced move is all about profits for out of town owners who are greedy and out of touch with the people they serve and on whom their longer term success is dependent. New Orleans knows something about how to be unique and successful. It seems this is something that the Newhouse folks seem to be completely unable to grasp. So instead they are leaping over the digital cliff, leaving behind the town and the advertisers that are willing ready and able to continue to pay the bill for the simple pleasure of reading news in newsprint form.

Rant by Rightandwrong May 26, 2012 at 4:31AM

Day 3 of the war against Newhouse to Save the Picayune.
Please read the comment below originally posted on  It is deserving of it's own "page".

Rightandwrong May 26, 2012 at 4:31AM
Dear NOLA Media Group/

... From a native New Orleanian, life long hard copy paper subscriber, and avid online reader:

1) For a digitally focused company, you have botched your first new product, the new web site/home page/portal beyond belief. Stop offering your critics navigation advice, your problems are much deeper than that. No one in the area likes it, it is dead on arrival. The old web site, even with its problems, was a thousand times better than this new offering.

2) Your new President/Publisher is finished. He just doesn't know it yet. a) He got scooped by two other products, both DIGITAL. One out of town (the New York Times!?!), and the other local (Gambit!?!). So much for timeliness. b) He botched the announcement. Really, you guys couldn't have done a better job than that? c) He completely mishandled the employees, and some management, and it was widely reported. New Orleans does not easily forget things like this. d) He ticked off Anne Milling. Yes, she is only one person, but a very smart person who also has a darn good feel for the city. For the moment, she is more upset with you than with FEMA or the Corps of Engineers. Think about that.

3) Yes, you guys are more reviled, at least for the moment, than either the Corps of Engineers or FEMA, and not just by locals. Have you paid attention to the reaction across the nation? Your corporate owners are fast becoming pariahs in the industry. Try putting that on your resume.

4) You have humiliated us. The largest city in the country without a daily newspaper? People begging the Baton Rouge Advocate (the Advocate!?!) to enter your market, our City, to give us the news? New Orleanians begging Tom Benson (!!!) to buy the paper? How outrageously ironic!

5) You have, or shortly will have, divided us into the digitally capable, and those who are not. More than just the haves, and have nots, you have seriously upset our senior citizens. You probably don't care, but often a community or society is judged by how it treats its older members. Try explaining to them what it is that you are about to do.

6) You should be ashamed. For all of the above.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Save the Times Picayune

I'm sure that you've heard the news on the Times Picayune.

If the out of state owners have their way, this blog and many others will be the way that we muddle through getting information
.... and
if you don't have high speed internet?
.... then eventually it'll be back to word on the street or TV news for you.
What the greedy out of town owners don't understand is that what they are doing will make them less revalent in the long term not more.

See the recent article from THE LENS which shows that this neighborhood's Broadband coverage over time changes; ranging over the course of Dec 2008 to Dec 2010 betwen 20% to 60% coverage and hovering around 40%.

Newsprint still matters. 

Quoting other web (Facebook Save the Times Picayune) outrage over loss of the Newspaper:
"Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Monroe and even Hammond all support daily newspapers, but New Orleans can not? NOLA can support an NFL team AND an NBA team — both profitable in very small markets — yet we can't support a daily?"

Well it seems we actually can. 
It is the #1 in the Nation in Daily Readership.

Sources say the Times Picayune is profitable. But it is other papers owned by NewHouse that are not and New Orleans is being sacrificed.

Feel free to Express your outrage.

An Open Letter to Steve Newhouse

Take a look at this OPEN LETTER to Steve Newhouse, out of town owner of the Times Picayune:

" Dear Mr. Newhouse

Getting rid of the daily Times-Picayune is like closing down Galatoire's, ending Jazz Fest, and moving out the Saints all rolled into one. I'm writing this not out of nostalgia for the past but out of urgency for the city's future. New Orleans needs a daily Times-Picayune. The city is still recovering and rebuilding from one of the worst disasters in recent American history. It was a disaster that your paper did a heroic job covering. Journalists risked their lives for the city they loved and justly received international recognition for their hard work. It was one the finest moments for your media empire. But you are about to turn that victory into a sad defeat. All of that hard work and recognition is going to be flushed away if the daily paper ceases operations.

While I agree that someday newspapers will be replaced almost entirely by new media, New Orleans is not the place where that bold experiment should be launched. Thousands and thousands of Times-Picayune readers do not have easy access to the Internet or the wherewithal to read the paper electronically. These are the people who your newspaper was designed to help -- and they have loyally read it each day until their own name appeared in the death notices. Your paper championed their cause. These are the people who may miss your daily newspaper the most.
Simply put: by ceasing operation of the daily paper, you are comforting the comfortable and afflicting the afflicted. Corrupt politicians should be celebrating on Bourbon Street tonight, knowing there will be whole days of the week where no newspaper will appear, probing their misdeeds. And don't claim that some web edition will adequately replace the daily paper; that's like telling a man who is getting his arm amputated that he'll still be able to clap. The web does not have the power and reach that a newspaper does. It can't be read over eggs and bacon, folded up and brought to the Fairgrounds or the Superdome. It can't be handed to someone else. And it costs less than a dollar.

New Orleans has so much news, culture, food, and music to write about that journalists in other cities drool at the opportunity that Times-Picayune reporters are given. It's a first-class city and deserves to be treated that way by your corporation. You own a public trust and you're about to close it it down on certain days of the week. I realize that times are tough but pulling the plug on the daily paper is like raising a white flag. Imagine if all the residents of the city gave up on New Orleans and moved away after Katrina? Don't pull up the ladder to the attic.

Lastly, you were the first person to give me a paying job in journalism. I worked at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J., as an intern in the summers of 1988 and 1989 while I was a college student. You hired me and gave me a start and a chance to make a difference. It hurts me deeply to see someone who I feel contributed so positively to my life make such a negative decision. Please reconsider this move that will be so bad for the Newhouse empire and the great city of New Orleans.

Yours truly,

Bob Hardt
Rockaway Beach, NY"

Express your outrage NOW!

What can you do to Save the Times Picayune?

Call Advance Publications at 718-981-1234
Steven Newhouse at Advance Internet at 415-344-0873.

Express your outrage NOW!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

2636-38 Dublin

Succession of Mary Ann Dayteen Arnemann to Juanita Tatum
for $120,000

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Move to New Orleans .... for the High School

Times Picayune New Orleans - Inside Out

Family moves from New Mexico to New Orleans for the High School
"I was talking to one of our new friends in the Marigny and telling him how dissatisfied we were with the schools in New Mexico," Jeff Taylor said. "That's when he told us about Ben Franklin and said we should check it out. We talked it over, Zach applied, and that sealed the deal."

Ben Franklin is easy to get to from NorthWest Carrollton.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ho Zone...What she said

Times Picayune Opinion by Betty DeCell
Soon I will have been a resident/property owner in the French Quarter for 50 years. The joys of living in this beautiful, historic district are quite wonderful. I would not choose to live any other place in the world.
However, over the years I have observed the tensions between commerce and historic preservation.
Crime, we all agree, we do not want. Otherwise, our interests rarely coincide. Commercial interests think in terms of present day profits. Residents/property owners think in terms of maintaining buildings and preserving a quality of life that will make our neighborhood attractive to residents and tourists for generations to come.
In my opinion individuals devoted to preservation have saved what we have today. Commercial interests have profited from our efforts.
What we need now is enlightened planning for the future. Bigger and bigger crowds every weekend will destroy the French Quarter. Rather than promoting more and more and more tourists, we should be thinking of how we can spread them around to more of our interesting neighborhoods. We should be trying to resolve the problems of traffic, parking, noise, littering. I am very troubled on crowded weekends to see bumper-to- bumper traffic headed in all directions when we might have need for a fire truck or an EM vehicle.
No to the proposed hospitality district being considered by the Legislature.
Betty DeCell
New Orleans

And thanks to Karen Cater Peterson for working with J.P Morrell and others to modify the bill and stand behind representational as opposed to nominated government.

If anyone can explain why New Orleans decisions need to be taken to and managed out of Baton Rouge.... we're listening. It seems this happens when there is a power play in motion.

What he said.....

Times Picayune Opinion by Bob Wisnewski:
While enduring a bumpy ride to church last weekend in a rather old cab, certainly not in the best of condition, I remarked to my wife that this cab was an example of those cabs that would have to be replaced later this year. When we got to our destination the driver turned to my wife and said, "I will have a new cab, but the streets will remain the same."

and the sidewalks
and the leaking Sewerage & Water Board Infrastructure
and the street lights.....

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

hmmmm.... Violent Crime & Statistics....

Click and see for yourself

Listed 1-10 below
Flint, MI
St. Louis, MO
Oakland, CA
Memphis, TN
Little Rock, AR
Birmingham, AL
Atlanta, GA
Baltimore, MD
Stockton, CA

List is based on "Violent Crimes" per 1000 people.

There is also a most Peaceful and Least Peaceful list of states.
Louisiana is number one on the list of "Least Peaceful" States.

As always remember it is important to understand the basis of the calculations.
No list perfectly represents human experience.

Monday, May 14, 2012

New Orleans Recovery

A view from an Oxford scholar... who lived in NorthWest Carrollton for a time....

Sunday, May 13, 2012

8501 Apple

Up for Sheriff's Sale.

2634-36 Dante

Dicarlo Properties LLC sold
2634-36 Dante
to John G. Weilbaecher Jr.
for $90,500

2621-23 Joliet

First Choice Housing LLC sold
2621-23 Joliet
to James Andrew Neil Wine
for $145,000

Friday, May 11, 2012

Cash for Guns - Saturday - 4821 Earhart Blvd.

New Orleans police will pay people for unwanted handguns and rifles
at a gun buyback event Saturday. (May 12th)

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Little Zion Baptist Church at 4821 Earhart Blvd.
Police will pay $75 cash for handguns and $200 cash for assault rifles
with no questions asked about the weapons.
The guns can be new or old. Damaged guns also will be accepted.
The event will end when the money runs out.
The guns should be unloaded and in a bag or container.
Police ask that ammunition be placed in separate containers.

More information is available at the City of New Orleans website.

Anyone with questions should call NOPD's crime prevention unit, 504.658.5590,
or email

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Recent Break In

Word is out that neighbors on Cambronne had a break in through the back door...

Many of us have dogs so this may be helping keep us break in free but keep your eyes and ears open and your doors locked.