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In this August 2011 photo, an orange Road Home tag adorns the front curb of an abandoned home on Music Street in Gentilly. New Orleans officials want former Road Home properties that have yet to be redeveloped available to address the city's affordable housing needs. (Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
By Greg LaRose, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on September 23, 2016 at 11:49 AM
 

The New Orleans City Council wants what's left of the Road Home program properties to be part of the city's conversation about affordable housing -- an issue Mayor Mitch Landrieu has placed as a priority in his final two years in office.

How many properties that would potentially add to the local housing inventory -- and when they might be added -- isn't certain. But in anticipation of their disposal, the council approved a resolution Thursday (Sept. 22) urging the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority to "collaborate with the community" as it manages and develops the lots.

The state and local agencies tasked with bringing development back to these properties say they are already engaged in efforts to get community feedback. But with possibly thousands of lots re-entering the local market, there's now talk of how they might address the city's housing needs across all incomes.

The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) is conducting an ONLINE-ONLY auction sale of 65± structures and vacant lots located citywide. Bidding for this auction will begin on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM and end between 12:00 NOON and 8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
The properties will sell “AS-IS, WHERE-IS” to the highest bidder. Properties are subject to a minimum bid price of $2,500 per property.
For more information and to pre-register, please call Fernando Palacios at 504-233-0063 or Steven Mathis at 504-407-1719 or visit www.hilcorealestate.com/NORA.

Erika Bolstad, E&E reporter

ClimateWire: Monday, May 23, 2016

 

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A view of the downtown Miami coastline. The city is one of a growing number of coastal urban areas hiring chief resilience officers to help plan for the impacts of climate change. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

MIAMI -- On the job just six months as the chief resilience officer in Florida's largest county, Jim Murley has gotten pretty good at his climate change 101 speech. It's out of necessity.

As the Earth's temperature rises, the oceans warm, he told a crowd at a Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce event this spring. When water gets warmer, it expands, and the seas rise. And if glacial melt accelerates as predicted in Greenland and Antarctica, Florida is in even more trouble, he warned.

"We're on a peninsula surrounded by water," Murley said. "That defines the very issue that we have to deal with as we think about sea-level rise and climate change."

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By The Associated Press
on June 02, 2016 at 3:46 PM

 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a metamorphosis, New Orleans — once overwhelmed by failed levees and Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters — is moving to become a national model of how an urban center can embrace green tactics to tame water.

The city is recalibrating its century-old system of drainage canals and massive pumps by installing green infrastructure projects, potentially on an unprecedented scale for an American city.

"Our success and our potential demise are all tied up in whether or not we learn to handle water," said Z Smith, an architect with firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and a champion of the new water-management approach.

Posted: May 23, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (Office of the Governor) - On Monday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.

Gov. Edwards announced the following appointments:

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