Blanco tries to intervene in the NIMBY debate over trailers. It’s my own personal opinion that the majority of properties in New Orleans that would be receiving a trailer could host the trailer. Large trailer parks on public green spaces do not seem to me to be widely necessary. The one advantage that they might have–that they are easy to dissolve at a set point in the future–seems to me to be offset by their disadvantages: increased traffic, decreased security at actual renovation and rebuilding sites, and the limited accessibility to public green spaces. The one advantage that they have could be addressed by the city council in the form of a future ordinance that sunset the ability to place FEMA trailers on urban property.
One problem with Blanco’s plan is that it is deliberately constructed to sidestep Louisiana’s open meetings law: “Blanco acknowledged she wanted to keep the attendance at the meetings small in order to sidestep Louisiana’s open-meetings law.” This, I don’t think, is smart government. Closed meetings breed mistrust and apathy in the general population, and on a topic like this, the public deserves to know what their representatives are thinking as they try to hammer out a solution.
My solution is simple: allow everyone who is able to accommodate a trailer on their property to put a trailer on their property. Allow access to larger parks on public green spaces only to people who can demonstrate that their property cannot accommodate a trailer. Limit access to trailer spaces to those who are actively renovating and rebuilding. No building permit = no trailer on public green space.
As for vetoes by council members: if the proposed site is in your district and it’s going to be used by residents of your district, then using your self-given veto power is just a good indicator to voters that you’re not doing your job. Every district should be able to come up with enough space to house its own residents. Tax breaks to businesses that allow portions of their property to be used to temporarily house trailers would probably insure that is the case.
In addition to attempting to remain neutral, Blanco has also offered security, although I’m not sure how she’d be providing it.