"the feds have allocated more than $2 billion for a new teaching hospital and dozens of new public schools."
FEMA was forced, via Mary Landrieu's arbitration panel, to give Louisiana $474.5 million in compensation damages for Charity Hospital even though much of the damages were pre-Katrina, due to decades of neglect first by the state of Louisiana and then by LSU.
Any damages post Katrina were also due to neglect and cannibalism, whether by LSU or unseen forces. http://savecharityhospital.com/content/breaking-news-hospital-appears-clean-after-storm
The state has ponied up 300 million to help pay for the new LSU/VA`hospitals over a demolished Historic lower mid-city. That plus the $75 million in FEMA money is nearly 800 million for what, in theory, is a 1.2 Billion dollar project - 35 acres of which will be surface parking....in a flood zone....for phase one.! http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/07/new_orleans_officials_still_ba.html
Where will the rest of the money come from to finish phase one - let alone phase 2, 3 or 4?
There is a fast, cheaper and more sustainable solution! If you haven't already, look at the RMJM HILLIER ARCHITECTS PLAN TO RENOVATE AND REOPEN REV. AVERY C. ALEXANDER CHARITY HOSPITAL! http://www.change.org/savecharityhospital/details/about
Then sign the petition to Mayor Mitch Landrieu to ask his support for the plan.
Credit should go where credit is due. Nuff said.
Productive for who? THAT is the question. Save Charity Hospital is just one group that has an idea to effectively stem the tide of violent by getting to the roots of the mental health problem but Mitch won't even acknowledge a request for a meeting. Instead he kicks it to the Neighborhood Engagement Office [NEO] - part of the moat he has built around his ivory tower to shield himself from the public - and there it sits in forever limbo.
Is communication irrelevant? I don't think so.
Money doesn't necessarily win elections anymore. Look at Latoya, Yolanda King and Vance McAllister. There is a silent majority out there and they have been burned by Landrieu's broken promises and how he treats residents vs developers. There needs to be a balance... which is a skill Judges have by nature of their work.
The win win win is to use Charity as as mental health facility. Put a mental health research organization in the building to collaborate with LSU and Tulane on finding cures for diseases like PTSD, schizophrenia, depression to make it cash flow and provide a place for the mentally ill (often homeless) to find refuge outside of OPP, add the neuroscience component and other biomedical and biotech research to buffer the BioDistrict, and use the extra space to consolidate government services offices.
Build the new Civil District Courthouse on the Duncan Plaza site and either renovate the existing City Hall or build a new one on Duncan Plaza next to the new Courthouse. No need to do cost burdensome structural adjustments to Big Charity or start tearing down historic architecture across Tulane Ave to create the required green space Kabacoff says has to go with a City Hall.
The community gets critical needs met, a courthouse and a City Hall that is within reasonable expense.
That said, in terms of the mentally ill, once leaving Charity they need to be released into supportive communities with outpatient and wrap-around services to cut down on recidivism.
Kind of a no-brainer and a beginning to righting a wrong that was done.
The best adaptive reuse for Charity should be put to the voters. The option to reuse the building as a civic center or leave it blighted is not fair. Of course residents will vote for the former,
Judges are not on board with the Mayor to rebuild the Civil District Courthouse in Charity but they have all the money. Did anyone from the city ask the Judges what they wanted.
"Even the Super Bowl isn’t an excuse to suspend the First Amendment," said ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Marjorie R. Esman in a statement. "The founders of our country didn’t intend our rights to be suspended for a football game."
I suspect the owner, like many home owners in the footprint, was told at the end of August of this year to sell his property or face expropriation. In addition, he was probably told that the house could not be moved as it is a two story home.
Yet, two story homes have been successfully moved in the past. Remember the Albertsons store in Central City that was never built? Two story homes were moved, the land was leveled and sat vacant for years, the Albertsons was never built and now, multifamily units are going up.
Does the city know that many two story homes were moved to make way for the Albertsons that never was? Find them here: (control "F" for Albertsons)
The S.W Green home can be relocated if need be, but it needn't be. The entire downtown historic medical district sits abandoned right now. Both the VA and LSU could be rebuilding their hospitals in the millions of square feet available for development.
Will the city come to her senses before it is too late? Or will the DDD remain Haunted by the recent past and the future that might have been. During our next night out against corporate crime, New Orleans finest aught to award LSU and the City and State governments special consideration for their criminal behavior which is documented but unnoticed as of yet. Watch: (at 1Hr. 27Min) http://cityofno.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.p…
Hey, if we just don't see it, maybe it will just go away.
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