Property Rights

The LSU/VA proposal requires the use of eminent domain despite the fact that the state has just passed a constitutional amendment to limit the exploitation of eminent domain. Should this proposal succeed in its current form it would set a dangerous precedent for communities across Louisiana. Many of the homeowners and small business owners affected by these land grabs are Hurricane Katrina evacuees who have fought hard to return to the New Orleans area. Many of those surveyed said that they would leave New Orleans or even permanently leave the state should their land be taken from them again. By ceding property rights in this case, the residents of New Orleans set a dangerous precedent that will make it that much harder to defend against future intrusions of the powerful who promise "economic development" in exchange for rote demolition of historic residential neighborhoods.

Below you will find a collection of articles pertaining to the property rights issue:

"It Doesn't Make Any Sense to Me" - Homeowner Roberta "Bobbi" Rogers

A year and a half after receiving $45,000 in preservation grants from the state of Louisiana, Bobbi Rogers is faced with having her home demolished... by the state of Louisiana. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Louisiana State University plan to use the Mid-City neighborhood for the site of their new hospitals, needlessly destroying the historic neighborhood around Charity Hospital where residents have been rebuilding and restoring their community since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more at http://www.preservationnation.org/savemidcity

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"We're going to fight to the last" - Lower Mid City Homeowners Larry & Barbara Dillon

Since they returned after Hurricane Katrina, Barbara Dillon and her husband Larry have struggled to renovate their house. Now, they may lose the home they've worked to save if the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Louisiana State University go forward with a plan to use the Mid-City neighborhood for the site of their new hospitals. These hospitals would needlessly destroy the historic neighborhood around Charity Hospital where residents have been rebuilding and restoring their community since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more at http://www.preservationnation.org/savemidcity

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"Where are we going to go?" - New Orleans native and recent returnee Howard Allen

New Orleans Native Howard Allen just returned to his hometown in April, and now may displaced again if the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Louisiana State University go forward with a plan to use the Mid-City neighborhood for the site of their new hospitals. These hospitals would needlessly destroy the historic neighborhood around Charity Hospital where residents have been rebuilding and restoring their community since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more at http://www.preservationnation.org/savemidcity

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"I love this house" - Veteran and New Orleans Native Wallace Thurman

Wallace Thurman is a military veteran and homeowner who will lose the home he was born in to the wrecking ball if the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Louisiana State University go forward with a plan to use the Mid-City neighborhood for the site of their new hospitals. These hospitals would needlessly destroy the historic neighborhood around Charity Hospital where residents have been rebuilding and restoring their community since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more at http://www.preservationnation.org/savemidcity

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"We Need Help" - Sam Jupiter, Jr., 20-Year Business Owner

Nonagenarian Sam Jupiter, Jr. has run his barbershop in Mid-City since 1988. He will lose his livelihood if Louisiana State University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs go forward with a plan to use the Mid-City neighborhood for the site of their new hospitals. These hospitals would needlessly destroy the historic neighborhood around Charity Hospital where residents have been rebuilding and restoring their community since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more at http://www.preservationnation.org/savemidcity

 

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