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December 9, 2015

The par­tis­an polit­ics around cli­mate change in the United States have made it well nigh im­possible to take ac­tion to pre­vent glob­al warm­ing or even to find com­mon ground on the sci­entif­ic real­it­ies. But loc­al­it­ies that must deal with floods or a drought—ex­acer­bated if not caused by hu­man activ­ity, sci­ent­ists say—don’t have the lux­ury of de­bate. They need to act, and quickly—not to avert what in­sur­ance law­yers call acts of God, but to deal with them once they’ve struck. Even, per­haps, to an­ti­cip­ate.

By Robin Barnes, Contributing Writer, The Times-Picayune

on December 07, 2015 at 7:01 AM, updated December 07, 2015 at 7:27 AM

Robin Barnes is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Greater New Orleans Inc.

As we switch out hurricane season for our preferred seasons — the holidays and Mardi Gras — we can breathe a sigh of relief for another year that we have avoided major storm surges, wind damage and evacuation. Life is good!

But we often forget that rainfall creates a more insidious day-to-day inconvenience and significant business interruption year-round. In the past 12 months alone, nearly 70 inches of rain have fallen on our region.


Gardens grow on vacant lots throughout the city


Nov. 26, 2015; 11:18 a.m.


Marie St. Germain-Louis walked next door to a garden where a plant with broad leaves was growing. She leaned over and rubbed one of the plant’s long stalks.

“See this one here, the collard greens?” she said. “If nobody else picks that, I will make that for Thanksgiving this year.”

Odds are, Thanksgiving tables across New Orleans will be drawing more than ever from this type of hyper-local bounty, thanks to both a growing vogue for raising and eating local produce and post-Katrina programs that put vacant lots into use as gardens. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority has leased at least 80 such gardens through its Growing Green program, which selects lots that are oddly shaped or located in less desirable locations.

The Times Shreveport


Lex Talamo, Alexa.Talamo@shreveporttimes.com

8:06 p.m. CST November 29, 2015

The splintered steps leading up to 719 Pickett St. slant dangerously to one side. The faded gray door groans open to reveal an interior of broken beams, crumbling walls and pockmarked floorboards littered with debris, lighters, empty beer bottles and broken glass.

A pile of old tires, a broken TV and the rusted hatchback of a vehicle blight the spacious backyard. A red and white notice declares the building unfit for human habitation.

Terrence Green, assistant director of Shreveport's Property Standards, stands amidst the rubble and swats at mosquitos with one hand.

"This building will be gone before the end of the week," Green said.


By Robert McClendon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
on November 19, 2015 at 11:14 AM, updated November 19, 2015 at 11:39 AM

Fernando Palacios was skeptical when officials with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority asked him to set up an online-only auction for their upcoming property sale.

Palacio's company, Hilco Real Estate, had done well in previous auctions by taking a hybrid approach. There was a live auction room, but people could bid via the internet if they wanted to.


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