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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Attempted break-in @ 9AM on Carrollton

There are an attempted break-in
on October 24th in the 2700 block of Carrollton (across from Lafayette School)
at 9AM in the morning, in broad daylight.
with cars parked in the driveway of the house (indicating people were probably home),
neighbors home next door,
kids acroos the street at Lafayette School
AND 1 adult and 2 small children in the house.

After hearing the sound of broken glass, the adult and children came downstairs to check things out and found the perp standing on the brick wall shared with the neighbors breaking the window with a brick.

The adult ran upstairs, pushed the panic alarm, locked herself in the closet with the children and called 911.
This was NOT the backyard, NOT out of sight. This was the driveay with all the traffic of Carrollton Avenue flowing by, pedestrians & cars.
It was brazen and in its brazenesss all the more scary.
So very often the victims are blamed somehow for the crime.  They should have been more diligent, more aware, more alert, more prepared.  What more could these victims have done? 
Too often there is too little followup.  This is not to say that the NOPD can quickly catch every criminal after the act. BUT at the very least those of us who participate in Neighborhood Watch activity should be TOLD when this kind of activity is taking place in our neighborhoods.   On this event we have not heard (except from the victims) a peep. And that is sad. Sad and unacceptable.  IF we are all in this together then we are all in this together. Otherwise we are either a perp or a vic.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tell BP NO!

"BP has asked the U.S. Coast Guard to allow it to abandon a containment dome on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico that it capped and plugged this week after concluding it was the source of oil causing repeated sheens near the site of the company's failed Macondo well. The request was included in an exchange of e-mail messages on Sunday and Monday between James Grant, BP's Gulf regulatory compliance and environmental manager, and Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinator Capt. Duke Walker. The email messages were obtained by The Times-Picayune.
The containment dome, which BP calls a cofferdam, was used in a failed attempt to capture oil spewing from the failed BP well after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig above it."

The cofferdam is a metal box! Not a well. Well's are plugged and abandoned. Because it is possible to plug a well and leave the seafloor close to it's original condition.  The whole reason for the cofferdam's existence was to "hold oil".  The fact that BP is asking to "plug and abandon" this think that is known to leak show that BP has learned NOTHING! This metal box will, over time, leak. . They might have to "abandon it" meaning not raise it to the surface today. But BP can not "abandon it" or the responsibilities associated with it and "walk away"! BP owns the monitoring on this "box" for the lifetime of the box or until they can suck the oil from it (not likely). 

"A mixture of oil and slushy methane hydrate -- a frozen form of natural gas -- is believed to have plugged the exit leading to the stovepipe at the top of the dome during the oil collection attempt. Some of the oil and frozen methane are believed to remain in the structure.

" 'BP continues to believe that abandonment of the cofferdam in place is the best course of action and presents fewer environmental and safety risks than attempting to recover it,' Grant wrote in an email message to Walker on Sunday.
Grant attached a copy of the approval the Department of Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement gave in Feb. 2011 to an earlier request to abandon the 40-foot-tall, 86-ton steel structure at its location about 1,500 feet from the Macondo well. He also included a copy of those plans, which included information about the risks involved in returning the structure to the surface, its condition at the time, and a third-party analysis of its stability on the ocean floor.
In a Thursday news release announcing approval of BP's cap-and-plug plan, the Coast Guard 'directed BP to submit a feasibility plan that considers the next steps toward either removing or remediating the threats of oil posed by the riser pipe and containment dome.'
In his Monday note to Grant, Walker's directions to the company included: 'Having temporarily mitigated this source of pollution, undertake the planning effort necessary to develop proposed courses of action to either remove or remediate the remaining sources of oil: riser pipe and the cofferdam/containment dome.' "

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Carrollton Wrecking - Commercial Blight

This property was reported and sighted for Blight once this year.
The photos and issues were essentially along Leonidas

But unfortunately now the other is blighted now.
The door on the Earhart side is open and this allows entry and create the opportunity for a fire hazard as well as kids being kids and potentially getting hurt.
But it's not just the large open door on Earhart. The whole property is an issue.
The property is overgrown and the neighbors are seeing rodents and snakes.
Something needs to be done.  Again.
Location Address 2920 LEONIDAS ST
Ownership Information Name PATERNOSTRO VERONICA B ET AL
Mailing Address 5819 ANNUNCIATION ST NEW ORLEANS, LA 70115
Carrollton Wrecking IMAG2124 IMAG2123 IMAG2125

While the front of the building on Leonidas is boarded up the grass is growing over the sidewalk on Leonidas. Again.

2536 Dante - raised and BEAUTIFUL!!!


Abandoned Cars in NorthWest Carrollton

The cars on this post have been reported NOPD Quality of Life Officer.

Silver car, no plates - on Joliet near Belfast - next to Church


2515 Leonidas - car has been abandoned in driveway for years.
Car is in driveway of house reported for blight.

8341 Belfast - car parked on sidewalk
8341 Belfast

Cambronne cross street Apricot. Van left in place after tenants at 8401 Apricot moved.
Note Van has been here so long it is in photo on assessor's website.

Van on Cambronne from Assessor's WebsiteIMAG1991-1

Monday, October 15, 2012

Great PRC Sellabration - houses for sale

Houses for Sale in NorthWest Carrollton

2514 S. Carrollton Ave - $250,000
2514 S. Carrollton Ave. Great Neighborhood Sellabration 2012

8437 S. Claiborne Ave - $250,000

8415 Pritchard Place - $239,000 (sold)
Pritchard Place Great Neighborhood Sellabration 2012

8524-26 Pritchard Place - Great Rental Property
Pritchard Place Great Neighborhood Sellabration 2012

2623 Dublin - $179,000

2628 Dublin - $125,000

2713 Dublin - $135,000

2421-23 Joliet - $179,000

2517-19 Dante - $149,000

8517 Belfast - $99,000 Pretty inside - Great Deck in back!
Pretty Inside, Great Deck @ 8517 Belfast  $140,000

8309 Belfast
Sold 2009 Great Neighborhood Sellabration
Photo below from 2nd sale September 2012
Belfast Great Neighborhood Sellabration 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Neighborhood Billboards

Permitted Use or NOT?
8601 Pritchard Place @ Leonidas

8301 Apple

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

You broke it, you fix!

Corps approves Strategy but still fusses over money.... of course.

"The chief of the Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday approved a $2.9 billion plan to restore wetlands destroyed by construction of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet. But the corps continues to demand that Louisiana pay 35 percent of the construction costs, or $975 million, which the state is loath to do."