“On behalf of the nearly 80,000 people working in the cultural economy and the 75 percent of taxicabs that have already embraced reforms….” – Mitch Landrieu, 11/7/13
“You don’t snatch nothing out of my hand!” – Wilton Joiner, 11/9/13
Most of us live within a few blocks of a blighted house. The shotgun covered in cat’s claw, the boarded up multi-unit surrounded by tall grass–these remain common in New Orleans. In today’s red-hot real estate market, they are sirens promising opportunity. Fix me and paint me and flip me! Sometimes it feels like half of the city has a For Sale sign in the yard.
But if you a new homeowner arrived with a truckload of marble and told you his first step was to install new floors in the sideways-leaning camelback, you’d raise your eyebrows. Whoa, ambitious friend, first things first. The frame can’t handle that weight yet. Tear off all the siding and strip it down to the studs. Look at those windows. Start with the foundation. Be logical. Read More →