NEW ORLEANS: PUBLIC HOUSING UPDATE: CIVIL COURT HEARING OVER ISSUANCE OF CONTRACTS FOR DEMOLITION IN FRONT OF JUDGE CADE - 10 A.M. FRIDAY 12/14/07
"In times of stress, be bold and valiant."
— Horace, Roman poet (65-8 B.C.)
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Merry Christmas Poor People
"It’s bad enough that perfectly solid buildings ~ ones whose structural integrity and strength could not be duplicated today at any price ~ are being demolished. (This is not true for all areas of all the developments under discussion, but is definitely true of the significantly large pre-WWII sections.)
What’s truly criminal is that residents of these apartments never
were given the opportunity to retrieve their personal possessions, their family photos and heirlooms, etc.
Think about that. I’m sure that many local folks reading this post have very intense memories of returning to their flooded homes and perhaps finding it possible to save some little shred of their former lives. Be thankful you’re as affluent as you are. If you were poor enough to qualify for a place in the projects, your stuff, your family history, would be deemed insignificant by the powers-that-be, and you’d have been locked out of your home, and away from all your possessions, forever.
It’s true enough that public housing residents don’t own the buildings, or even their individual units, but no matter how poor they might be, they certainly should be allowed to claim ownership of a home’s *contents,* for crying out loud. But if you’re poor enough and black enough, you apparently have forfeited all rights to your kids’ baby pictures, your mama’s good china, etc., and indeed everything else you ever owned.
Also, let’s everyone please remember that at least half the units in those HANO developments did not flood at all. Those buildings are all two or three stories high, and few if any of them took water above the first floor.
But the entire buildings were slammed shut and all former residents turned away."