The Real Toll Of New Orleanian Crime

The copper pipes under Brit Karen’s house were stolen in broad daylight and most likely sold at a scrap metal place for $3/lb. Around the city, homeowners in the process of rebuilding find that their fresh drywall has been busted open and pipes wrenched out of the wall. Jack and Katie’s home in the Marigny was burglarized twice in the last month (Katie quips that there’s nothing left to steal). Their neighbor, also broken into twice, has left the parish.

Jack sadly states that it is not gangland murders or a shooting here and there that will force them out of town; it’s continual break-ins, rising utility and insurance prices and the lack of affordable housing. At this rate, New Orleans will end up the city of the very rich and the very poor, while the in-betweens seek more reasonable pastures.

7 Comments so far

  1. MindyMoo (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    We are also having alarming levels of copper pipe theft in St. Bernard Parish. Is Lauren Lentz the only one brave enough to call out the owner of Southern Scrap? He needs to be publically flogged.

  2. Jack (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 6:47 pm

    get a gun?

  3. Laurie (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

    Use a paintball gun with stainable paint!


  4. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 12:17 am

    You’re right on – I think the fundamentals of the economy led to the class disparity pre-K and now the added elements of hightened crime with a rising cost of living are crossing peoples thresholds of sanity. At least before, things were relatively cheap.

  5. Sam (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 6:44 am

    I had many break-ins of my property when I renovated it in the pre-K years. It is indeed frustrating but I never lost anything of value even remotely proportional to what I’m losing due to rising insurance costs.

  6. Editor B (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

    “At this rate, New Orleans will end up the city of the very rich and the very poor”

    I thought we were already there?

    Seriously, my old World Book encyclopedia said New Orleans is a city of “rich white people and poor black people.” That’s probably not an exact quote (I’m quoting from memory) but close.

  7. Maitri (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 12:30 pm

    Well, Jack, Katie, Karen, our average blogger Joe/Jane, you and me aren’t very rich or very poor. Will we be able to live here in a few years?

    The rich black people must like that description.

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