In which the Neighborhood Knives Come Out And we begin to wonder What Job Does City Planning Think it is Doing? The kind of New Orleans fans who populate many of our neighborhood associations say they revere the city’s architectural difference and legacy. On a good day, I even believe them. They see character and quality that differentiate New Orleans Continue reading In Which the Knives Come Out . . . .
• All sound amplification shall be prohibited within the courtyard between the hours of 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. Legislative muddle. Let me count the ways. This deceptively simple text is a “proviso” in a staff recommendation to the City Planning Commission about one building. One single building in Bywater. It is not a law at this point, but the Continue reading Little Laws
I’m going to bang out something like a deadline piece. Hang onto your jobs, Richard Webster and John Simerman. This could be the challenge you have been looking over your shoulder for. I am not a member of MaCCNO or a musician. I suspect a lot of them will disagree with me. MaCCNO is also painfully diplomatic. That is why Continue reading Frenchmen Street
I watched hearings on a few new construction projects at the Architectural Review Committee of the HDLC yesterday – a reminder and another example of how New Orleans is hobbled by the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. You can often hear grumbling at City Council or City Planning that the combo of the Master Plan and the CZO were supposed to eliminate Continue reading The Straitjacket