Save Mid-City: “How Would You Feel?” – Resident Diana Monley

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how would you feel?Save Mid-City: “How Would You Feel?” – Resident Diana Monley

by Sarah Heffern on December 17th, 2008

Diana Monely has worked for the city of New Orleans for 30 years and lived in her Mid-City home for 35, and now — despite weathering Hurricane Katrina in the city to remain on the job — her loyalty to New Orleans is being repaid with the loss of her home. She says, “You just put yourself in my place. How would you feel?”

See what is proposed for demolition:

proposed demolitions to be replaced by a new LSU/Va hospital project, that could have been sited anywhere else , but in the historic and surviving viable neighborhood…of Mid-City New Orleans.
this is a very unique little shotgun house, and is irreplaceable , as an historic architectural treasure, but more importantly as a home for ms. Monley.

see the other houses! to be demolished, this is a crime against the citizenry(my two cents),

and the prc advocacy’s set of the neighborhood, the LSU/VA footprint,


sFifthavehaze TIME FOR THAT STUDY COMMISSION!!!!!!defend -Again threats are made to destroy a2 history

Originally uploaded by jeff and leylaan update and correction: the planning commission meeting this past monday was to determine if a study commission should be formed to study the viability of establishing an historic district along the area of S. Fifth Ave., in Ann Arbor, in order to determine if 7 historic properties should be preserved in downtown.

This proposal simply for a study commission has been DEFEATED!

and that is a big Mistake!!!!!!!

No respect for the past, no concern for true green architecture….

Defend the Ann Arbor 7,
s Fifth ave historic homes up for a third request to demolish…

For a third time, later in January a new proposal will be made….i am sure am getting tired of the Ann Arbor Builder’s continued pursuit to destroy…
third time now,
-“Hi folks,
On December 15, the City Council will hold a public hearing for the
request to rezone the site of these 7 beautiful houses to allow
construction of a blocky apartment complex in its place.

I urge you to contact your council person and/or the mayor if you are
opposed to this project. Or come and speak at the hearing next Monday
night. As you may remember, many of these houses were
lived in by mayors of Ann Arbor who gave their names to some of
ours streets–Hamilton and Beakes to name two. So, this is truly a
historic block of houses and in a neighborhood of other houses lived in
by well known businessmen and women, the Supt of Schools for Ann Arbor and
much more.

We are also working on trying to get a Historic District Study Committee
appointed by the mayor. This is the only way these houses can be protected
from future demolition.

Thanks for your help!
Susan”, me.aspx

search defend ann arbor 7 here on the blog, see the pictures here, 4080696918/

-and here, 054/

Dixie Brewery, HDLC 1979 LSU/VA footprint 2008

Originally uploaded by jeff lamb

Dixie Brewery 1979
in an area now known as the lower Mid-City, an area under imminent threat of destruction for the new 2 billion dollar VA hospital project covering over 70 acres of a neighborhood central and in the heart of new Orleans, about to be destroyed…see more below

from the new orleans lady, this description, and photograph,

“Here’s some information from the Louisiana Landmarks Society about Dixie Beer.

Dixie Brewery (2537 Tulane Avenue, Circa 1907)
Dixie Beer first opened its brewery in 1907 when New Orleans had a competitive field of local brewers. The company made it through Prohibition by making nonalcoholic beverages until beer was made legal again in 1933. Its last local contemporary, Falstaff, shut down its nearby brewery in 1978. Unfortunately, this venerable old building suffered flooding, wind damage, and rampant looting after Hurricane Katrina, and remains vacant and in deplorable condition. Although after Katrina, the owners talked of rehabbing and reopening it, there are no signs of that happening, nearly three years after the storm. The building is located in the Mid-City National Register Historic District, and has been nominated as a local landmark by the HDLC. Unfortunately, it is also located inside the edge of the footprint for the proposed new VA hospital, according to the most recent footprint released in May 2008. The other remaining brewery buildings in New Orleans, Jax and Falstaff, have been or are being renovated into new uses, and this one could be as well. The VA footprint could be modified to exclude the section along the edge that includes Dixie, and the building could become housing or support facilities for the new VA/LSU Medical Complex.


Originally uploaded by New Orleans Lady

Save Lower Mid-City…

Lower Mid-City
New Orleans, Louisiana

All photos in this set are of the lower Mid-City neighborhood. Tragically this area is proposed for FULL demolition for construction of a new VA hospital and down the road a new LSU medical center.

This area of lower Mid-City is a lovely neighborhood filled with wonderful people. Some residents have lived in the area for generations. The area once the center of the breweries of New Orleans. The large trees with their strong yet soft hanging branches cast shadows over the neighborhoods streets. For years they have dutifully shaded the families of the neighborhood but now they almost seem to hang in gloom and sorrow of the fate awaiting them. Well, at least it seems that way a bit to me walking the streets of the area.

The tragedy of the proposed destruction certainly defies logic in a city with extensive housing issues post Katrina and worse yet, the overall funding deficit of this joint project is to the tune of 3/4 of the overall plan. Fema reimbursement doesn’t even come close to aligning with money allocations for this scheme.

Homeowners will get a buyout offer and if the offer is refused the land will be taken under eminent domain law. Stay tuned… the injustice has just begun.