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NORA looks to expand Façade Renew program

By: Robin Shannon, Managing Editor  October 30, 2015

 

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority has committed more than $940,000 to a program that is helping business owners restore and revitalize storefronts along targeted commercial corridors throughout the city.

In January, the agency launched its Façade Renew program as a way to encourage commercial property owners to upgrade and preserve the historic architectural integrity of their buildings. Since then, 29 projects have qualified for grants totaling $946,433.

Tulane City Center opens exhibit on history of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

September 21, 2015

Barri Bronston 
Phone: 504-314-7444 
bbronst@tulane.edu

Tulane City Center, the community design center of the Tulane School of Architecture, will open an exhibit on the history of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Sept. 23 at its Central City headquarters, 1725 Baronne St.

Titled “Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard: Past, Present and Future,” the exhibit will open with a reception and viewing at 6 p.m.

Drawing from the two and a half years of partnership between the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and Tulane City Center in developing the Façade RENEW program, the exhibit will feature historic photographs, architectural plans and documents exploring the physical and social history of the thoroughfare once known as Dryades Street.

10 Years After the Storm: Has New Orleans Learned the Lessons of Hurricane Katrina?

Special report: A decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, David Uberti goes in search of the people who were at the heart of its recovery, to understand what the city has gone through – and where it might be heading

 

The Guardian

David Uberti in New Orleans

Monday 27 July 2015 01.00 EDT

 

Maggie Carroll couldn’t sleep – not after what she had read earlier in the day. It was 11 January 2006, four months after the deadly floods triggered by Hurricane Katrina had swallowed many of New Orleans’ neighbourhoods.

Carroll and her husband were among the first to return after the storm and take stock of theirs, Broadmoor, a low-lying area whose raised bungalows and colourful shotgun houses had been inundated by up to 10 feet of water. The Carrolls’ home on Walmsley Avenue had been left structurally sound; its wood floors didn’t buckle. Still, the water had picked up pieces of furniture, carried them across rooms and left them ruined. It broke up the back deck and crushed the garage door, before submerging Maggie’s grandfather’s 1963 Chevy.

Renting an apartment off Magazine Street, a short drive away, for $1,300 a month, the Carrolls faced days filled with uncertainty. Then, on 11 January, thefront-page story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune gave them yet another jolt. A mayoral-appointed Bring New Orleans Back Commission had sketched out a planit hoped would open the tap of federal aid. Crafted by a team of outside consultants, the blueprint suggested concentrating redevelopment on the city’s higher, less-flood-prone ground.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

A Decade Later, New Orleans Nonprofits Cite Gains, Yet Worry Over the Future

Melissa Sawyer founded the Youth Empowerment Project in 2004 in 1,200 square feet of rented space in Central City, a poor black neighborhood a mile southwest of the French Quarter. Her budget was $235,000, a combination of local grants and a state contract to help 25 young people caught up in the criminal-justice system.

Today, the nonprofit has a $3.5-million operating budget. It owns its headquarters on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, a resurgent commercial corridor, and serves up to 800 youths annually, providing education, and job- and life-skills programs.

The accelerant was a burst of philanthropic dollars in New Orleans in the years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita roared through, overwhelmed the levee system, and caused catastrophic flooding.

"We have grown so much over the last 11 years," Ms. Sawyer says. "Quite frankly, I don’t know where we would have been if Katrina hadn’t happened."

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Common Ground Relief provides plants and volunteers for wetlands restoration

By Sheila Stroup, The Times-Picayune 

on July 25, 2015 at 8:29 AM

 

David Stoughton looks out at the expanse of Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge and smiles. We are watching volunteers plant green ash and willow saplings in the marshy soil not far from the entrance off U.S. 90 in eastern New Orleans.

"Volunteers are integral to everything we do," he says. "A project of this scope -- we'd never be able to do it without them."

Stoughton is a supervisory park ranger with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the volunteers are replacing trees that died after Hurricane Katrina.

"The water sat here after Katrina, and the salt in it killed a lot of the hardwood trees," he says. "What we're doing is restoring what was once historically here. It's the beginning of a larger effort to restore the maritime forest."

The volunteers include French engineering students and teenagers from around the country attending a summer service camp in New Orleans. They are here because of Common Ground Relief's wetlands restoration project.

"To have a partner like Common Ground is super-important," Stoughton says. "They're donating over $10,000 worth of trees. That's a huge amount of resources they're contributing to the project."

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