Sunday, December 11, 2005

New Orleans Returns to Eviction as Usual

Louisberg Square Apartments, Terry Town, New Orleans ... If you live there and aren't home yet... they've  destroyed your stuff.  Sorry.
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Eviction is the word of the day in New Orleans. Many landlords have taken to throwing tenants personal belonings on the sidewalk after an eviction notice has been tacked on their door for 5 days. Under normal conditions 5 days seems a little harsh if there is a lease involved; but in post Katrina New Orleans 5 days don't mean shit.

The most optimistic number I've heard for the current population of the city is 20%. that means 80% of the city will be unaware of the eviction notice going up on their door. Why aren't they home yet, you may wonder... Well, there are still vast sections of the city that do not have electric even though the structures received minimal damage. Many people were too poor to leave on their own; how do expect them to get back when they're not provided transportation. Much of the rebuilding effort seems to be coming from outside contractors employing transient non native labor and immigrent workers, so the job and housing issues are relevant to those living pay check to pay check.

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Blogger Hilton said...

This was a very insightful piece. I wonder what the landlords story was behind this?

8:23 PM  
Blogger ~ FluxRostrum said...

The manager of the complex that most of the footage of people throwing shit out was taken from RAN from the Corporate News and myself the day that footage was shot.

Also, The owners of the apartment this particular complex live in Massachusets where they were named Slum Lord of the year by the Boston Angry Tenants Union.

The government is forcing landlords to absorb short term loses resulting in bad cash flow; but they can quickly make up the difference if they just throw people out and jack up the rent several hundred dollars.

There are plenty of profit vulture contractors who will pay more than the apartments were worth, often taking apartments from evacuees before they return.

There are also many parts of the city with minimal damage but no electric... This is wasting housing options as the longer the sit the more they are vandalized and the worse the mold problem becomes.

This occurring in many of the low income areas of the city. In some place there is electric on all sides of a complex, yet the complex is dark.

New Orleans is doing everthing they can to discourage low income residents from returning.

8:56 AM  
Blogger ~ FluxRostrum said...

Landlord with Boston ties lashed for Katrina evictions
By Sacha Pfeiffer, Globe Staff | January 29, 2006

12:56 AM  
Anonymous mark said...

I've recently been reviewing a lot of the Post Katrina Blog coverage.

A Year on how do you now feel?

4:25 AM  

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