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Center For Community Progress
Chelsea A. Allinger | Thursday, February 27, 2014

In January 2014, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the City of New Orleans had not only met, but actually exceeded a major goal set back in September 2010: remediating 10,000 of the city’s more than 40,000 blighted properties by the end of 2014.

The City of New Orleans reached the goal in the first half of 2013, well ahead of schedule, according to an independent study by Peter Yaukey, Ph.D., a professor at the University of New Orleans.

It’s a remarkable feat for a city that, prior to this undertaking, lacked direction when it came to blight reduction, as Oliver Wise, director of the city’s Office of Performance and Accountability, described.

By Keith Spera, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
February 25, 2014 at 8:12 PM

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the future site of its Central City headquarters on Tuesday (Feb. 25). For a crowd of several dozen onlookers, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, the Jazz Orchestra’s founder, and his staff discussed plans to transform the former Gators department store at the corner of Oretha Castle Haley and Martin Luther King boulevards.

As part of Tuesday’s ceremony, Mayfield joined pianist Ellis Marsalis and jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater for an informal performance of the jazz standard “On the Sunny Side of the Street.”

“I whispered a few notes in Mr. Marsalis’ ear, and then I whispered a little bit to Irvin, and we did it,” said Bridgewater.

The brief performance was “the first moment in this space,” Mayfield said.

Plans for the New Orleans Jazz Market, as the headquarters is named, call for a jazz archive, a rehearsal room and a 360-seat performance space. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is expected to stage eight to 10 big band concerts in the space annually. It will also host other performances.


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NORA is advertising a “Strategic Demolition Invitation to Bid” through the City’s website February 17, 2014 through March 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. The link to the solicitation is below:


February 25, 2014

Media Contact: Jasmine J. Haralson Director of External Affairs 504.658.4421 jjharalson@nola.gov

New Orleans Redevelopment Authority to Auction 140± Properties
City Wide
Selling Absolute to Highest Bidder

The auction is open to the public with no restrictions. Anyone can attend and bid on the properties.

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) has partnered with Ameribid, LLC to auction 140± properties on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Registration will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. The auction will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Hall H, Room 293. Parking is available across the street.

Properties will sell absolute to the highest bidder regardless of price. NO MINIMUM, NO RESERVE. Interested bidders are encouraged to visit http://www.ameribid.com/NORA for property information and pre-registration instructions.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014, by Sarah Chase

A Gentilly lot made its “rain garden” debut last week as the first project connected to the years-in-the-making Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan. The 11,100-square-foot site in the Filmore neighborhood will temporarily hold up to 500 gallons of rainwater before it gradually goes into the city’s drainage system. To prevent the all too common flooded streets situation, a portion of the sidewalk has been sliced so water can make its way from the gutter to the rain garden and before the mosquito freak-out starts, rest assured, the water will drain within 48 hours.

The Living With Water plan, led by local architecture firm Waggonner & Ball along with Greater New Orleans, Inc. and a slew of Dutch and local water pros, looks at ways to view water as an asset and how to live alongside it instead of pumping it all out of the city every time it rains. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority owns the Gentilly lot and has teamed up with the Urban Water Plan folks with plans to bring similar gardens to the Lower Ninth Ward, Gentilly Woods, Algiers, and Hollygrove.


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