I'm moving to New Orleans at the end of December. This visit is going into the calendar for January. Thanks Jen.
i'll have to go see this one.

I'm fresh living here and I've already come to notice that the biggest impedement to the city's recovery has been city government not directly taking abandoned properties and auctioning them off to the residents and new transplants.

there are tons of houses being eaten by vines and slowly crumbling apart, but since the city is so slow to act on blighted properties, and even then only seeming to do so in the favor of developers, the cost of homes here is pretty rediculous. an area that is considered bad will have poor condition homes for sale as low as 15k and then on the next block over they'll be 150k. it's sad to see.
We were in NOLA and participated a little bit in the making of "Home Atlas". Evocative, stripped-down and steeped in its own history, 5427 Burgundy is a lovely little house, with a large yard and an enormous live-oak in back. We learned a lot about shotguns, the neighborhoods, the people. Lots of trim and beautiful little hearths in that house, wide pine floors, termites. The people who lived in these houses built them, lots of black artisans a hundred years ago. Lots of black homeowners in NOLA before Katrina. The most wonderful thing about New Orleans is its imperfection and sense of the now, people spilling out everywhere last week in the unusually warm November sunshine. Sun, moisture, conversation, greetings on the street, bananas and palmettos, bumpy sidewalks, narrow streets, the 'neutral ground' running down the boulevards, dense urban and lush. A city rife with corruption and teeming with life, quite the contrast to Seattle, and very tempting!
Thank you for the coverage of this installation in a special historic New Orleans neighborhood bounded by the Mississippi River, the Industrial Canal (both with lovely levees), the historic Jackson Barracks and St. Claude Avenue. This shotgun house is owned by the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans and is scheduled for a full restoration. The PRC has invested several million dollars in this neighborhood since Katrina and has fabulous houses for sale, renovated on about to be renovated. The neighborhood has much to see, including the unique twin Steamboat Houses, so if in New Orleans do venture just a short distance downriver from the Vieux Carre for a nice visit. Patricia Gay

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