Dear Mr. Rose,
I think you should publish the comments on this article. They say so much.
I loved this column. It says so much.
... Moi? I would still be in NOLA, but I wouldn't be the proud owner of my very own flooded out little hovel. Can you believe BUYING a stinking mould ridden wreck of a home? Rebuilt with no -zero- public assistance -just so I can stay with the one I love. You either understand the need or you don't.
Um. Clearly it hasn't faded that bad. Still alive and well in my book.
Surprised to see the ugly criticisms. I really enjoyed your writing.
"Board member Tommy Screen said he sympathized with the neighbors' concerns, but the developer's property rights should not be constrained by whether the neighbors liked the design of the house."
Now we know who NOT to vote for.
Marx & Lenin waged war on their own people, killing thousands upon thousands. That is the difference.
I can promise Airbnb would not want to hear your complaint. I rented my house during Voodoo via Airbnb and the minute they deposited the money into my account, it was compromised. Tied to my Line of credit, the thieves scarfed up over $1o,ooo. I tried to make AirBnB aware that their website was compromised and... surprise! on their website there is NO address, phone number or any way to reach anyone. I had to go through menu options - that tied all complaints to the renter and got a Bs reply from the member of a forum. Then I got the same form letter repeatedly telling me no to make deals outside Airbnb, which I hadn't. I had to cancel an account I've had for 3o years and pend hours at the bank to get my money back. Boo Airbnb. No way to rate THEM but if you google it, there are many complaints.
I've heard of "back-room" deals so thanks for exposing this one. Always good to know how our politicians are spending our money on their friends.
A EBR parish resident, I feel blessed to have been able to have bought my very own place in NOLA after Katrina. I poured tens of thousands of dollars into it, got no government money. I have to live outside BR, but I could not survive without New Orleans. All the intelligent life is there. I went to Baton Rouge (18 miles), twice last year. I take my family to New Orleans (77 miles) all the time, almost every weekend, sometimes longer. My family loves to go to the city, and we go- and stay- particularly for the great music, art, unique culture, and the museums. Since my homestead exemption is in East Baton Rouge Parish, I pay thousands in property taxes in Orleans parish for that privilege.
The over extension of police powers and the punative nature of the formerly proposed noise ordinance, plus the back-room fast track of it, made me wonder : why do these complainants want to turn New Orleans into Baton Rouge? The comments here on Bourbon st, (which Is ridiculously loud ) are a red herring to the far reaching effects of the proposed ordinance. (Fix Bourbon st. if that's a problem, but leave New Orleans alone). In Baton Rouge, the proposal would have passed simply because 1) money trumps quality of life every time at the EBR Metro Council and 2) there is not enough history or passion in the people to defeat political back room deals like this one. In New Orleans, where the intelligent life is, it got caught, and hopefully dust canned.
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