Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Parallel Track

I've alluded to the last ditch side effort to move some of the houses out of the footprint even as demolitions have begun.  I haven't mentioned it all that much because I was afraid to get my hopes up.

But it sounds like several of the major non-profits involved in that planning have plans in place to move 5 of the 12 houses next in line for demolition to vacant lots in Mid-City where they would be restored or simply re-sited.

I can only hope that this plan, which is no doubt dependent upon the demolition contractor granting permission, comes to fruition.  If the government parties and their subcontractors are willing to permit historic houses to be moved - ultimately resulting in a clearing of the site on a timeline similar to the current demolition timeline - it would be a significant development.  It would, at the very least, recognize the value of saving unique and historic New Orleans architecture and keeping it in its general context.

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