30 June 2006

Photo du Jour: Unhappy Lake Terrace Neighbors Speak Through Spray Paint

As a supplement to Tim's "What Does Your Yard Sign Say" post, I offer the above TBNO Photo du Jour taken about two weeks ago. This spray-painted sign sits in the overgrown lawn in front of an uncleaned once-inundated home at the Y-intersection of Leon C. Simon and Robert E. Lee Boulevards in Lake Terrace/Gentilly near the University of New Orleans--and the infamous London Avenue Breach. The last two words, not able to be clearly read because of the high grass reads "Inconsiderate Owner." I haven't made it back by the property since to see if the message on the sign provided any motivation for the owners or relatives of the owners to clean the site. These are the sort of frustrations that abound throughout previously-flooded portions of New Orleans. If these owners have chosen to move on and settle elsewhere--they've "had enough," then fine. But they (or their kin) should respect their former neighbors who have made the opposite decision to return and resume their lives in New Orleans and in their old neighborhood. I don't know the particular situation, but the fact this sign was created by a neighbor who likely knows the owner gives me the impression this owner is just being thoughtless and would rather just walk away from the mess instead of having to deal with it. Anyone know the details?

TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Gentilly, Lake Terrace, Flood, Sign


At June 30, 2006 2:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no answers I just want to chime in that this is happening everywhere in the areas that got it bad. The people who want to have their neighborhoods "nearly normal" may have to just pull night-time clean out and gutting raids on the inconsiderate owners. In all fairness, though, some people may be incapable and no one is helping them (i.e. elderly, sick, mentally ill).

At June 30, 2006 5:25 AM, Blogger Seymour D. Fair said...

I agree with you--there are most definitely those that are legit incapable . . . I recognize that.

At June 30, 2006 8:51 AM, Blogger Vicky said...

The house has not been cleaned yet.

At June 30, 2006 7:49 PM, Blogger TravelingMermaid said...

What exactly is the recourse for the neighborhood where the inconsiderate home-owner has abandoned his/her house? Is the physical limitations of the owners a consideration? This is a hard one indeed.

At July 02, 2006 5:12 PM, Blogger mominem said...

Lake Terrace was only half flooded. The first two blocks got three and one half feet of water but the areas close to the lake where not flodded at all.

At July 06, 2006 11:37 PM, Blogger Tim said...

Well, we supposedly have an ordinance to deal with "abandoned" properties come August 29. We'll see if it gets enforced.

Also, I notice "Clay Bertrand" is one of the bloggers here. Nice play on Plastic Bertrand, the French pop star. My knowlege of 80's music serves me once again!




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