Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jungleland: The Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans Gives New Meaning to “Urban Growth” ~Nathaniel Rich, NYTimes
~It is misleading to talk about abandoned lots in the context of the Lower Ninth Ward. Vast sections of the neighborhood have been abandoned, so it’s often unclear where one property ends and the next begins. (An exception is the sliver of land on the neighborhood’s innermost edge, where Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation has built 76 solar-paneled, pastel-hued homes — though this seems less a part of the neighborhood than a Special Economic Zone.) To visualize how the Lower Ninth looked in September — before the city’s most recent campaign to reclaim the neighborhood — you have to understand that it no longer resembled an urban, or even suburban environment. Where once there stood orderly rows of single-family homes with driveways and front yards, there was jungle. The vegetation had all sprouted since Katrina. Trees that did not exist before the storm are now 30 feet high. ~Photo: Andrew Moore

New Orleans Saints and quarterback Drew Brees have no excuse for the delay in getting a new contract ~Mike Triplett

What planet am I on?~American Zombie

Let’s grind this Perricone = Henry Mencken1951 thing into the dirt ~Slabbed

Leges with a personal financial stake in pension reform ~C.B. Forgotston

Banks Could Learn a Thing or Two
~James Perry
~Perhaps a refresher course in the form of a business school style case studio would do well by CEO's of top lending institutions. Enter Kiva New Orleans. Kiva New Orleans is a non-profit small business lender where quite literally, you make the loan. Any and everyone in the world, can visit the Kiva web site and loan capital to small businesses.

With tweaks, coastal plan heads to La. lawmakers

Morganza project lands new state money
~Jeremy Alford

Menus I have Known: A Love Story (not)
~He Said/She Said NOLA

What’s Cooking: Chimichurri
~Just Off The Red Street Car Line

Pizza Delicious to open a full-service restaurant in Bywater!

The Music Box: a Shantytown Sound Laboratory returns in April
~Doug MacCash

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