I’m all in a tizzy because of the recent news reported by Squandered Heritage. It seems there’s a ton of houses on Bienville that are on the city’s “imminent threat” list for demolition. These are supposed to be houses that pose an immediate threat to health and safety.
And some of them are. Some are clearly in need of immediate demolition.
But there’s only a couple like that. Many appear to be in decent shape. Consider this one, right around the corner from me:
Rock solid. These “raised basement” style houses weathered the flood pretty well. I should know because I’m living in one.
Furthermore, there’s ample evidence that many of the owners don’t want these properties demolished.
So what the hell is going on? I don’t know, but something ain’t right.
Here’s Councilmember Stacy Head’s reaction:
Bienville will be left NAKED and BARREN. I am at my wits end with so many irrational decisions here and I need help. Carla and I will press the city to STOP but we will need pressure from you too. This will be HORRID for Mid City!!!!!
The good folks at Squandered Heritage have also put up an interactive map of the Bienville properties.
Unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.