Saturday, May 2, 2009

Coming up in Gambit: Nobody's Reading This 'Cause Everyone's at Jazz Fest Edition

Posted By on Sat, May 2, 2009 at 5:57 PM

First, some breaking news:

A congressionally chartered preservationist organization filed suit Friday in Washington, D.C., accusing federal agencies of failing to consider the “adverse effects” of building a new LSU teaching hospital and a VA hospital in New Orleans.

Filed in a District of Columbia federal court, the suit by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States names both the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Federal Emergency Management Agency and their respective administrators as defendants.

The suit accuses both FEMA and VA of violating federally mandated rules for considering the impact of building the proposed LSU Academic Medical Center and a neighboring VA Medical Center....

The National Trust suit alleges the 67-acre site chosen for LSU/VA project would require bulldozing 25 square blocks, containing 165 historic properties in the Mid-City Historic District, including homes renovated by their owners after Katrina.

Overall, the suit alleges, the project would require the demolition of approximately 265 residential housing units and the displacement of 600 people, 85 percent of whom are minorities and 40 percent who are living below the federal poverty line.

You can read more from local preservationists at Save Charity Hospital and Doctors for Charity Hospital.

Meanwhile, coming up in this week's Gambit:

Noah Bonaparte Pais takes a look at the writing and rehearsal process behind Shotgun, John Biguenet's new play that opens next week at Southern Rep in a production directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. It's the second in Biguenet's Katrina trilogy; the first, Rising Water, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize....

• What do an upstate chicken-processing plant and the Saints have in common? Clancy DuBos explains....

Will Coviello interviews director Steven Soderbergh, who will be screening his two latest films, Che and The Girlfriend Experience, this week as a benefit for the New Orleans Film Society....

Kara Nelson and Kyla Boutte break down some Mother's Day gift options, from the frugal to the extravagant....

• ...and Jeremy Alford concludes our four-part series on the finances of Gov. Bobby Jindal with some recommendations for true reform in Baton Rouge.

See you on the newsstand on Sunday afternoon, and online Monday afternoon after you've had your Bon Jovi fix at the Jazz Fest.

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