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Building a new New Orleans East

What does it take to build a city?


The basic necessities of a city are people, a means for those people to support themselves financially, land to build on, housing, schools, retail, green space, infrastructure (roads, transportation, utilities, water supply, waste management, etc.), public safety, some form of governance and methods of funding public activities.

New Orleans East has all of those things, yet, it still struggles in many ways.

If you could build a new New Orleans East from scratch, what would you do differently? What would you do that has never been done? What would you stop doing that’s not working?

Please leave a comment about what you would do, if given the power and/or money needed, to change New Orleans East.

Results of NOELA Business Owner Survey

In October, readers who are past, present or future business owners were asked to complete a brief survey to share their thoughts about operating a business in New Orleans East. Only 20 business owners responded, so the survey will be revisited again at a later date; however, the feedback (see below) from those who did respond offers some insight into the challenges and needs of small businesses. 

The data, though limited, provides information that can be used to revisit specific topics of interest for small business owners and those considering the possibility of owning a small business. For example, even though individuals may be uninterested in operating a business themselves, they may be interested in funding the operations of a business that someone else manages. Or, if several individuals are experiencing the same challenges, a collective effort can be made to address those concerns.  Continue reading “Results of NOELA Business Owner Survey”

Gearing up for the 2020 Census

By Lisa Stafford

By law, the U. S. Census, an official population count, occurs every 10 years. Most areas—about three of every four households—will receive an invitation to respond online (or by phone), while the other households will receive a paper questionnaire along with an invitation to respond online. 

Here’s why you should participate 

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In Her Words: New Orleans East Resident Rhonda Lee

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Rhonda Lee

My mother was diagnosed with a mental illness when I was in middle school during the early ’80s. Being a young caregiver for a loved one with mental illness involved struggles no child should ever have to endure. Her health challenges presented phases of unbearable beatings, heartbreaking and unloving words, unexplainable pain, feelings of exhaustion, periods of confusion, despair and hopelessness.

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Rhonda Lee wrote this article to help give hope and inspiration to families affected by mental health illness.  Rhonda is a NAMI New Orleans volunteer and board member who shared her story, which was posted on the @NAMICommunicate Blog. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of families affected by mental health illnesses through education, support services, advocacy and research.

City Council Teams Up with Entergy in Court Battle Involving the Paid Actors Scandal

The Right of Residents to Participate in Council Meetings Under Attack, Groups Say

From MultiMedia Solutions

A battle is brewing over a court judgment that threw out the City Council’s approval of the Entergy gas plant for violation of Louisiana Open Meetings Law. The violation occurred at two controversial Council meetings that involve Entergy’s deceptive use of paid actors to fill up a meeting room and speak from scripts as though they were concerned residents. At these meetings, numerous New Orleans residents were denied the opportunity to comment on Entergy’s application for a new gas plant in New Orleans East. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal has scheduled a hearing for oral arguments on January 6, 2020.

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