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Monday, January 28, 2013

The Control Of Nature - The Atchafalaya

New Yorker Article from 1987

Some forget....

It was known in 1987 that the Corps was "fixing" one problem and creaing another.


Read Richard Campanella's article to better understand how
The Corps policies "broke" our coast and only Corps policies can fix it.

"For all the economic gains — and there were plenty — 20th-century hydrological interventions also altered the flux of terrestrial sediment to ocean systems. Particles that once pulsated messily but beneficially from the continent’s interior to its coasts now piled up uselessly behind locks and dams, or in the bedload of slackened currents. Or else they got jettisoned onto the continental shelf, sans any geomorphological or ecological benefit whatsoever. And as the century wore on, ocean currents continued to gnaw away at fragile beaches and barrier islands, and rising sea levels inundated coastal wetlands which were already subsiding under deprivation of fresh water. New residential and commercial development, meanwhile, crept ever closer to surge-prone coasts and deeper into flood plains, egged on by the availability of federal flood insurance and a false sense of security imparted by flood-control structures."

"America’s sediment budget did... not get knocked off balance by sinister or incompetent forces, but rather as an unforeseen consequence of promethean engineering projects that have produced great wealth for American society for generations. No more can we decommission dams and locks for the sake of increasing sediment supply than we can remove levees from the lower Mississippi for the sake of fast-tracking coastal restoration; millions of Americans rely on these engineering structures, and they are here to stay. Nevertheless, we should recognize that they come with a cost, and strategically augmenting the sediment load of rivers as they flow to coasts, particularly by maximizing the beneficial use of dredged sediments, is a good way to reduce that cost. Human intervention skewed North America’s sediment dynamics, and only human intervention can rebalance them."


New Orleans based study on Bike Lanes


Incorporating cycling into daily life is one way to increase physical activity.


This study examined the impact of building new bike lanes in New Orleans to determine whether more people were cycling on the street and with the flow of traffic after bike lanes were built.


Through direct observation of one intervention and two adjacent streets, observers counted cyclists riding on the street and sidewalk, with and against traffic, before and after installation of the lanes. Data were tallied separately for adults, children, males, females, and by race for each location.


There was an increase in cyclists on all three streets after the installation of the bike lanes, with the largest increase on the street with the new lane. Additionally, the proportion of riders cycling with traffic increased after the lanes were striped.


Bike lanes can have a positive impact in creating a healthy neighborhood.

"The large increase on S. Carrollton suggests that even in a city not widely known for a cycling culture, new bicycle lanes appeared effective in attracting new cyclists who were diverse in race, sex, and age. It is possible that large numbers of cyclists could act as role models, making cycling more normal and accepted."

Battery & Damage

Type Description Case # Location Agency Date Map It
Assault SIMPLE BATTERY A3800613 2800 BLOCK OF S CARROLLTON AVE New Orleans Police 1/28/2013 10:27:00 PM Map It
Vandalism CRIMINAL DAMAGE DOME A3776813 8400 BLOCK OF S CLAIBORNE AVE New Orleans Police 1/28/2013 6:36:00 PM Map It

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Neighborhood Peacock

 An Apricot Street Peacock has decided that life is more pleasant on Pritchard Place. Pritchard Place Peacock
Photo by John Hazlett

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Paving Leonidas from Palmetto - Earhart

Construction of these street segments proposed to start in February/March 2013.

-  Leonidas St. (Palmetto St. – Earhart Blvd.)

-  Broadway St. (Fontainebleau Dr. – Leake Ave.)

Paths to Progress invites you to attend a neighborhood informational meeting to discuss the repair and resurfacing of roadways in your area.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 6:00 p.m.
Tulane University Campus
Lavin-Bernick Center Building 29
McAlister Way New Orleans, LA 70118

Leonida Pathway to Progress Meeting Map
Parking on campus is permitted for the meeting with the exception of reserved spots.

The primary focus of this informational meeting is to discuss construction and repair details and answer questions.
Paths to Progress is a transportation improvement program to rehabilitate, restore and enhance more than 60 roadway segments in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. With a combined investment of over $90 million, Paths to Progress is a collaborative effort between the Federal Highway Administration, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission and City of New Orleans.
If you require special assistance due to a disability in order to participate at this meeting or if you need additional information, call 1-800-574-7193.


Stadium Site Demolition Work

From: Harang, Paul M []
Subject: Stadium Site Demolition Work

Dear Tulane Neighbors,
As many of you know, the City and Tulane University committed to executing a Tulane Stadium Agreement before any permits would be utilized for the construction of Yulman Stadium. On Friday, January 25 after eight months of work and four community meetings attended by more than 500 neighbors, that agreement was executed (Click here for a copy of the agreement). Shortly thereafter, the university was awarded a demolition permit to prepare the Yulman Stadium site for construction.
On Monday, January 28, Woodward Design Build will begin demolition work. This will include:
  • Demolition of the practice field bleachers
  • Demolition of the score board
  • Demolition of the tennis court stands, including bathrooms
  • Removal of the turf and track around the existing practice field
Woodward may also begin the removal and relocation of underground utilities and sidewalks in the stadium footprint this week.
All work will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If work on the stadium requires after hours or weekend work at any point, we will provide advance notice.
Later this week, we will announce a date for a community meeting to discuss construction of the stadium.
For the latest project updates, please visit If you need any additional information or have any questions, please contact me at or by calling my office line (504) 988-3394. I am available outside of office hours on my mobile at 504-343-8937.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Simple Burglary

Type Description Case # Location Agency Date Map It
Burglary SIMPLE BURGLARY A3231613 8400 BLOCK OF PRITCHARD PL New Orleans Police 1/25/2013 6:38:00 AM Map It

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Carrollton & Broadmoor - neighboring neighborhoods rank high with home buyers

Article by Victor Andrews, published in Times Picayune January 20, 2013.

Victor Andrews is Special Section Staff writer at the Times Picayune and can be reached at

"This is a city where neighborhood is important.
Far into adulthood, people will talk about what section of the metropolis was their home turf when they were growing up.

Neighborhoods like Lower 9, Treme, Uptown, the Marigny, Old Metairie and Lakeview are all areas which have a claim to fame with some favorite son or daughter who played on the streets.
Carrollton & Broadmoor are no different.
These two centrally located neighborhoods have their share of generations of youngsters who grew up playing on the sidewalks.
And as is the case with many New Orleans neighborhoods, the kids like to come home.
As popular places to live, Broadmoor and Carrollton rank high on the list of in-demand places for home buyers, with a raft full of reasons why it is the place to be.

Property professionals familiar with the area are quick to point out that the demand for homes is high in the area, meaning there are limited numbers of property from which buyers can choose.
But from that selection, Carrollton & Broadmoor offer a wide assortment of options for those who wish to purchase a home.
"It's a big mix of prince ranges." said Letty Rosenfeld of LATTER & BLUM Inc./Realtors. "The houses are charming, some have a lot of nice architectural details."
Character abounds in the area in style and size of homes, with many boasting larger lots that other sections of Uptown that might be closer to the river wouldn't have.
The diverse sizes of the homes are one aspect of the price range. Home also range from those that have been recently renovated to au courant standards and those that are ready for a contemporary touch to bring them up to date.
This helps buyers find a wide array of prices.
"There are quite a few homes available in both area, and the range is expansive," said Todd A. Taylor of RE/MAX Real Estate Partners, "ranging from total rehab projects to the higher end six or seven figure homes The area enjoys  a lot of property on each end of the buyers spectrum."

The spectrum of homes and price ranges is attracting many different types of buyers, including those who may have grow up in the area or those who always wished to live there.
Some real estate professionals are noting a buying trend among certain buyers.
"I think there is a younger crowd - 40s and under." said Elijah Feibelman of COLDWELL BANKER TEC Realtors. "Typically they are just starting out or they have a couple of kids."
These young professionals looking in the area were noted by several Realtor familiar with the region.
A couple of reasons attracting them include the proximity of the area to most other areas of the city. Via Claiborne, Carrollton or Napoleon Avenues and the nearby I-10, there is ready access to most other parts of the metropolis.  Access within the area is another drawing point.
Particularly in the Carrollton Area, the walkability factor has become a huge draw. Restaurants, retail boutique, service providers, entertainment venues, parks, recreation spaces and financial institutions are all steps from residential areas making them accessible on short notice. And these areas are also making a name for themselves as a spot for arts festivals and markets.
The areas also have a variety of schools both public and private adding to the appeal of parents.
And when walking isn't in the plan, there are several methods of mass transit that connect the area to downtown, Jefferson Parish and even the historic streetcar line.

One of the recurring themes most of the Realtors noted is the value of much of the home stock.
Many of the real estate professionals said a buyer's dollar will often stretch somewhat further than in other areas of Uptown.
And many of the architectural elements that attract home buyers to the homes of Uptown can be found in Carrollton and Broadmoor. Stellar woodwork, expansive spaces, wood floors, pocket doors and inviting porches all play a prominent role in the look of the area."

Bold emphasis added .... because this is especially true for NorthWest Carrollton!

8436 Apricot for sale

homes for sale -

Friday, January 18, 2013

How to build community

Fix it even if you didn't break it.

8524-26 Pritchard succession

8524-26 Pritchard
Succession of Adam John Walters and successtion of Eula Crowley Walters
to Hanna Jackbowitz Hudson,

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Drug Violations

Type Description Case # Location Agency Date Map It
Drugs/Alcohol Violations DRUG VIOLATIONS A1946313 8400 BLOCK OF APRICOT ST New Orleans Police 1/15/2013 11:50:00 AM Map It

Rating your neighborhood
In this project, the following factors have been identified: housing costs, housing quality, schools, transit and proximity, crime, shopping and services, foods and restaurants, nightlife, creative capital, diversity, health and wellness, and greenspace.

For NorthWest Carrollton  (and yes we like our little neighborhood!)

Housing Costs & Housing Quality
We know you get a better bang for your buck buying homes in NorthWest Carrollton.
We have have solid turn of the century housing stock. 
Check out our PRC Great Neighborhood Sellabration Posts

This is New Orleans.
Lafayette Academy & Ursulines are within walking distance.
Ben Franklin is a straight shot out to the Lake on the University of New Orleans Campus.
Tulane & Loyola are close enough but far enough away for us not to have some of the issues associated with being "too close" to campus related activities. I'm sure you know what I mean.

Transit & Proximty
NorthWest Carrollton is about 15-20 minutes away from everywhere in the city and it's a straight shot to Elmwood in Jefferson. 
Earhart quickly gets you to the heart of the New Orlean or Jefferson
Carrollton can get you to Riverbend and St. Charles or to MidCity or City Park
The Carrollton Street Car ends at Claiborne by Palmer Park. There are bus and bike routes available.
I-10 access is nearby and you can take the Vieux Carre or Esplande exits into the Quarter.  OR you can drive down Carrollton to Bienville or Orleans and take a right.

We have an active Neighborhood Watch, a good relationship with NOPD and some of the lowest crime in the 2nd district. We monitor crime in the area and post to the blog crimes inside our boundaries.

Shopping and Services
You can walk to Roberts, Walgreens on the corner of Claiborne & Carrollton.
Hollygrove Market & Farm is only blocks away.
Take 5 can change your oil
CostCo is coming in Summer 2013...

Foods & Resturants, Nightlight, Creative Capital, diversity, Health & Wellness, Greenspace
Rock 'N Bowl and Ye Olde College Inn is on the corner of Earhart & Carrollton
The Art Market is the last Saturday of the month in Palmer Park.
Oak & Maple Streets are a street car ride away down Carrollton.
Audubon and City Park are minutes away.
As is Bayou St. John, a lovely place to kayak.
What we REALLY WANT is a Coffee Shop.... on Apple Street!

Monday, January 14, 2013

parent leadership initiative

Just passing the word along.....
Councilmember Guidry would like you to have information about a parent leadership initiative, PLTI-NOLA, which may be of value to the families you are working with. The local program will be hosted by the Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN) through funding from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Please see below:

New Initiative Builds Capacity and Empowers Parents Through Civic Engagement

New Orleans Selected to Launch Unique, National Parent Leadership Initiative in LA

The Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN) is pleased to introduce a unique, parent leadership initiative to the state of Louisiana. This national initiative was founded by the Connecticut Commission on Children. The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) trains, inspires and enables parents to become effective advocates for children. Applications for the inaugural class of the Parent Leadership Training Institute of New Orleans (PLTI-NOLA) are now being accepted. In other communities, PLTI graduates have gone on to lead community organizations, serve on local school boards, and win election to the state legislature. The local program (PLTI-NOLA), will be hosted by the Orleans Public Education Network, thanks to funding recently awarded by the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

The Parent Leadership Training Institute is a series of 20 sessions on leadership training, civic literacy, and civic participation skills. A primary goal of this initiative is to transform how we do business in supporting parents and creating a safe space for parents to connect around the commonality of 21st century parenting and building the community, city, and state our children deserve! Deirdre Johnson Burel, Executive Director of Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN) proclaims, "If you can envision an initiative based on diversity that focuses on and effectively reaches members of our community spanning from St. Charles Avenue to St. Claude Street and beyond, then you can imagine the Parent Leadership Training Institute."

This unique leadership opportunity is made possible by the collective and collaborative work of the PLTI Civic Design Team. The Civic Design Team is the governing body of the Parent Leadership Training Institute. According to PLTI-NOLA Civic Design Team member Barbara LeBlanc, LCSW, Director-The Parenting Center at Children's Hospital, "PLTI offers parents from every New Orleans neighborhood a unique opportunity to get to know one another and join forces around important issues affecting the families in our city. I look forward to seeing how this first group of parents uses the training to better our community." PLTI Facilitator (instructor) Bonnie Goldblum shares, "I think that this is a great opportunity to bring together diverse communities to achieve a common goal, which is positive outcomes for our youth." Prospective participant, Katherine Hutton is a single parent of 3 school-age children. Hutton declares, "I think it's a wonderful opportunity for our parents in New Orleans. PLTI will provide a beautiful foundation for parent leadership. It will give parents an opportunity to develop a good foundation for leadership in New Orleans." Catherine Robin, Agenda for Children-Director of K-12 Initiatives, contends, "It's important that parents develop skills and techniques to be able to advocate on behalf of their children and community. PLTI provides this opportunity in a safe and nurturing environment."

Each year this opportunity is offered to 25 participants who are screened and selected based on their availability and readiness to become effective change agents on behalf of children, youth and families. This initiative develops parent leadership through trust, participation, skills building, hope and high expectations. These ingredients offer parents, who seek to create change for their children and others, a ladder towards leadership. Previous national PLTI classes have included a cross-section of people including young adults to grandparents, single moms, dads, couples, those with community leadership experience and those who are just beginning the journey of civic engagement. Through this 20-week training, parents are offered leadership training that includes the following:

* An initial retreat on February 15, 2013; program begins in February and ends in June

* Two 10-week sessions that focus on knowledge about the change process, skill building, and tools of civic engagement

* The development of a personal community project

Sessions include, but are not limited to, training on using the media, public speaking, forming useful coalitions and building community, understanding policy and municipal budgets, and becoming familiar with city, state and federal law.

Who should apply? Parents, single parents, grandparents, other family members, young adults, foster parents, community members and others who wish to receive training to become effective leaders and change agents on behalf of children, youth, and families. This opportunity is only offered to 25-50 participants who are screened through an interview process. PLTI-NOLA is offered free of charge.

In exchange for FREE registration, participants give the commitment of time reflected in class attendance and a community project. If the Parent Leadership Training Institute is the right opportunity for you, please apply. For more information, or to request a hard copy application to participate in this exciting program, contact Carol Alexander-Lewis at 504.339.5310 or via email at Application deadline is January 25, 2013.

PLTI-NOLA is a collaborative of Agenda for Children, Black Men of Labor, Central City Renaissance Alliance, Children's Defense Fund, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Institute of Mental Health, Modern Parents Magazine, Orleans Public Education Network, The Parenting Center-Children's Hospital, Total Community Action, Urban League-GNO, Urban Strategies, Inc.


Deirdre Johnson Burel, 504-821-4004

Carol Alexander-Lewis, 504.339.5310

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Dangerous Intersection - Redesigned
American Traffic Solutions, the company that operates the city’s red light and speed enforcement cameras, lists the five most dangerous intersections for red light running and listed the number of violations in each spot from April 2008 through September 2012:
  • S Carrollton Ave. @ Palmetto St - 30,488 violations
  • N Carrollton Ave. @ Canal St. - 17,836 violations
  • Canal St. @ S Carrollton Ave. - 17,827 violations
  • Poydras St. @ Loyola Ave. - 13,454 violations
  • S. Carrollton Ave @ Earhart Blvd. - 11,846 violations
CostCo traffic will be coming to this intersection in the summer of 2013 June.
The intersection needs all the help it can get as soon as it can get it.
And the city knows it.
There is just too much going on in the "4 block" stretch of lake bound Carrollton from Stroelitz to the I-10.
So how about some arrows to indicate how the traffic should flow onto I-10?
And how about a designated turning lane off of Carrollton onto Washington?
And what if the bus stop was moved to the green space on Washington instead right where folks are trying to shift lanes to enter 1-10?
And what if Xavier were, for public safety, to eliminate traffic to their Security Parking lot.

It wouldn't take much to improve things. Let's start with the arrows. 
Just a little paint? It can't cost that much? Seems the dollars from the traffic light could be used to put a little paint on the roadway.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

DMK - Blight Judgement

Civil District Court Judge Says the Property is Guilty of Blight and Public Nuisance
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today the City announced Civil District Court Judge Lloyd J. Medley, Jr. has upheld the City of New Orleans’ code enforcement action against the Lake Terrace Shopping Center located at 1532 Robert E. Lee Boulevard in Gentilly. The City has aggressively pursued action against the property owner to force development of the longtime blighted property. The shopping center has sat vacant since Hurricane Katrina,
“I am pleased with Judge Medley’s ruling,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “His ruling helps advance the City’s goal of remediating this eyesore and restoring the quality of life for those neighborhoods.”
On December 11, 2012, Civil District Court Judge Lloyd J. Medley, Jr. affirmed the judgment rendered by the City of New Orleans Code Enforcement rendered on June 7, 2012 against DMK Acquisitions and Properties LLC that the property is guilty of blight and public nuisance.
Now that the blight judgment has been affirmed, the City of New Orleans is considering any and all legal remedies available with respect to the property, including but not limited to expropriation, lien foreclosure, or demolition. As a large commercial property, it is the City’s position that the shopping center must return to commerce. The surrounding neighborhood has played an active role in the Code Enforcement Hearings as well.
While DMK Acquisitions and Properties LLC may still appeal the ruling to the Fourth Circuit Court, the City will continue its aggressive strategy to remediate and ultimately put the property back into commerce.
Nearly two years ago, Mayor Landrieu announced a new, aggressive blight strategy aimed at reducing the blight count in New Orleans by 10,000 properties by 2014. A recent study released by The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center showed that blighted properties have been reduced by approximately 8,000 addresses since 2010. The study attributed the reduction in part to the focused efforts of City agencies to bring properties into compliance by prioritizing aggressive code enforcement and code lien foreclosure sales.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Local Shrimpers fighting for a chance

Gulf of Mexico shrimpers on Wednesday hailed a federal trade court's decision to re-examine Chinese shrimp imports from 2009 and 2010. The Department of Commerce had asked the U.S. Court of International Trade to allow it to reopen its review of those Chinese shrimp imports to the United States.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Slow Food's gain is New Orleans loss.

Slow Food's gain is New Orleans loss.

Richard McCarthy, who helped transform New Orleans Food Markets
and provide a bright spot in out Post Katrina recovery, is headed for the Big Apple.

"Katherine Deumling, Board Chair of Slow Food USA, said McCarthy was a perfect fit for Slow Food USA because of 'his deep understanding of both food producers and consumers and his proven success in creating more joy and justice in communities around the U.S.'"

This is also what made him a perfect fit for New Orleans Farmers Markets.

In his own words:
"If the market isn't there for everyone, if you have the inability to accept food stamps, good food is only available to people who can afford it," McCarthy said. "It was all about social justice."

What he has learned is that New Orleans is not part of what he calls nomadic America. "In New Orleans, we're last on every list," he said. "Oddly, we've got a lot to teach the rest of country."

Yep.... so far behind, we're ahead.

NFL Super Saturday of Service @Palmer Park

Dear Neighbors,

Friends of Palmer Park is excited to announce that Palmer Park has been selected as one of the project sites for the NFL Super Saturday of Service!

The New Orleans Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee along with the YLC and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity has organized a city-wide service project to take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, the day before Super Bowl Sunday and...Palmer Park has been chosen as a project site !

What does this mean?

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, 7:30 am until 3 pm- will be a busy day in the neighborhood!!

The park will be bustling with tons of volunteers, music, food, projects and activities.

What we need :

FOPP is asking neighbors to volunteer as project captains (yay, we have 2 already).
Volunteers will be provided for you at the park but they need direction and leadership. This is where you come in.

As a project captain, you will instruct the provided volunteers on what needs to be done, how exactly to do it and manage them while it is happening. You will need to be available from about 7:30 am until about 3 pm. Here is the list of projects:

  1. Painting the wood bollards along the perimeter of the park -WE HAVE A PROJECT CAPTAIN! (Brian Opert)
  2. Painting all the light poles in the park (High Gloss Black) (manage 10-12 vols)
  3. Touch-up paint the Arch at the front of the park on Carrollton (manage 8 vols)
  4. Touch up paint the directional sign posts (there are 2 of them) (manage 4 vols)
  5. Touch up paint the hopscotch squares (there are 2 sets) WE HAVE A PROJECT CAPTAIN! (Meredith Robinson)
  6. Landscaping around the flower beds by arch (manage 8 vols)
  7. Landscaping around the play-set (This is the biggest project for landscaping) (manage 10 vols and will require heavy digging and heavy landscaping work))
  8. Landscaping around the flower beds at Dublin and Sycamore, Dublin and Neron and Dublin and Claiborne (manage 10 vols)
How do you sign up?

Email me: Anne Fuselier at All project captain must be registered beforehand.
I will get back with you with all the details.

Thank you so much in advance for helping to beautify our Carrollton Communtiy!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Neighborland wants.... like if you support

NorthWest Carrollton's Neighborland wants:

A Coffee Shop on Apple Street

Large TREES on Earhart Boulevard

Bike Lanes or Sharrows (Arrows not lanes) painted on Carrollton Ave to City Park

Alternative sidewalks (which allow for more trees!)

Renovation and more public use of the Ashton Theatre

Blancher expands his empire

Blancher buys Carrollton-Earhart corner for $1M
(access to City Business required to read the link)

POSTED: 10:13 AM Tuesday, January 8, 2013
BY: Ben Myers, Staff Writer John Blancher bought the 81,000-square-foot space last month. It includes a nail salon, a check cashing business, a tattoo parlor and a cabinet shop.

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Louisiana Landmarks Society Most Endangered Sites

New Orleans Nine most endangered sites as presented by Louisiana Landmark Society is dedicated to drawing attention to the significant and threatened sites in our city. The purpose is of the programs is to build awareness of architecturally and historically significant places in New Orleans that are in danger of being lost.

2011 Shotguns
2011 New Orleans Shotguns endangeredNorthWest Carrollton has these!
Many are for sale. You can buy a piece of history!
Dublin @ Belfast

2010 Decommissioned Churches
2010 decommissioned churchs endangered
NorthWest Carrollton has this! And it is "for lease".
Incarnate Word

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Recycle Christmas Trees - help save wetlands
“New Orleans is earning a great reputation as an eco-friendly city, and this service is one of the ways our citizens can help protect and restore our environment," Mayor Landrieu said."Together, we can save thousands of trees from being thrown out to waste and also provide critical support to help preserve our wetlands."
Residents interested in participating in the program can recycle their Christmas trees by placing them curbside on their regularly scheduled collection days January 10, 11 and 12. Residents must remove all lights, tree stands, ornaments and tinsel from live trees. Flocked and artificial trees will not be collected, and trees should not be placed on the neutral grounds.

Dollars & Sense in your Yard

When we plant trees in the neighborhood we not only fight crime, and help drainage and provide shade and help cool the environment, we also help sustain and improve property values. So much bang for so little buck.

The greening of the real estate industry hopefully will be a boon for both the environment and the pocketbook. Recent studies demonstrate that eco-friendly practices not only can reduce home operation and maintenance costs but also increase property values. And nothing improves environmental performance and curb appeal more than a wildlife-friendly, sustainable home landscape.

In addition, strategic planting of trees and shrubs to cast cooling shade in summer and insulate against cold winter winds can slash the amount a homeowner spends to heat and cool a home by as much as 40 percent.

Sustainable landscapes have more subtle economic benefits as well. By calculating how much money property owners save by avoiding flood damage, recent studies have demonstrated the value of rain gardens, bioswales and other “low-impact development” measures designed to reduce storm-water runoff. Other research has shown how sustainable landscaping strategies can help lower taxes by reducing the cost of storm water infrastructure.

Sustainable landscapes also are growing the value of homes. In one study released four years ago, University of Michigan researchers reported that people are willing to pay more for well-designed yards with mostly native plants than for properties dominated by lawn.

Realtors have long recognized that attractive landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values by as much as 20 percent.

Given these impressive numbers, it’s not surprising that the number-one green home improvement recommended by realtors is planting native trees and flowers—the foundation of a healthy and beautiful backyard habitat.

In short, growing a green landscape is a win-win proposition. The old expression “money grows on trees” may not be literally true, but a sustainable landscape comes close.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Eat LOCAL Shrimp

Gulf of Mexico shrimpers have filed petitions with the federal government seeking relief from subsidized shrimp imports. The move came several weeks after Gulf of Mexico shrimpers hailed a House bill that included a provision to increase U.S. Customs and Border Protection's powers to combat illegal imports.
The Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries filed the petitions on Friday, which seek "countervailing duties" - duties imposed to offset subsidies by foreign governments - on shrimp from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The coalition states that the duties are needed "to offset the unfair trade advantage currently held by these countries."

There is no reason to eat imported shrimp.
Hollygrove Market and Farm sells wild caught shrimp.
Roberts provides local farm raised shrimp.
Rousses has local shrimp too.

Local shrimps make our local economy better all around.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Unity of New Orleans

NorthWest Carrollton has worked with Unity of New Orleans to address the needs of the homeless.

So if you are looking for a way to help those who don't have a roof over their head or a neighborhood please consider donating to

This is better than handing out dollars to panhandlers who are back on Carrollton & Earhart.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Your Yard.... a certified wildlife habitat

We already have one property in NorthWest Carrollton that is registered as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. It's really easy. Ask about it at the next neighborhood meeting.
NorthWest Carrollton already has a login on the National Wildlife website.
and can help you completing the form for your address.

Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas.
By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young, you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ and join the nearly 140,000 sites across the country.

To certify your yard, you need to provide the following:
Examples of food sources:
  • native plants
  • seeds
  • fruits
  • nuts
  • berries
  • nectar

Examples of water sources:
  • birdbath
  • pond
  • water garden
  • stream

Examples of cover:
  • thicket
  • rockpile
  • birdhouse

Places to Raise Young
Examples of places to raise young:
  • dense shrubs
  • vegetation
  • nesting box
  • pond

Bicycle Route up Carrollton PLEASE???


How about (PLEASE) painting bicycle route
from Carrollton @ Claiborne all the way up to City Park? 
People are riding this anyway. May as well set a "visual cue".

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Superbowl Solar Trash Compactors

"Before the big event, the city hopes to have at least 150 solar-powered trash compactors installed."

Click here for a picture.

"A BigBelly trash compactor costs $5,000 and another $2,000 for the added recycling bin."

At least they were Made in America.
The bin was designed and originally manufactured in Needham, Massachusetts by Seahorse Power,
I wonder if they still are?