letter to the editor

I wrote a letter to the editor of the Times-Picayune and it was published on Saturday, August 18. It is in regards to the homeless people occupying the New Orleans Center and how maybe it would be a good idea to clean up the Superdome area before regular football season starts. (I think it would also be a great idea to address the homeless problem as well, for that matter). You can read the article here.

11 Comments so far

  1. termite. (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 10:28 am

    heather – thank you for writing this. this has been my escape route when i leave the game for years. i am appaled by the CNG tower. and the windows?? wtf?? you mean to tell me they don’t have the insurance to replace the windows that face Poydras?

    i understand that the NO Center may not have to man power to reopen but this area is an embarrassing disgrace.. and it stinks to high heaven as well.

  2. Heather (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 10:37 am

    It seems crazy to me that the building has been abandoned and left to rot. Isn’t someone still paying taxes on that building?

  3. termite. (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 10:46 am

    i’m sure they are.

    so, here’s my question:
    why is it that the CNG Tower has been able to get away with this?

    so the rules don’t apply to buildings as it does to homeowners? i.e. boarding up windows, cleaning the area etc.


  4. Heather (unregistered) on August 21st, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    This was published in today’s T-P in response to my letter:

    Homeless a low priority
    Tuesday, August 21, 2007
    Re: “Squatters put a damper on game day,” Your Opinions, Aug. 17.

    Heather Buck’s letter lacks the smallest trace of empathy for the plight of others.

    Did it occur to her that maybe if the state of Louisiana had spent a little more money on education and other essential services, instead of subsidizing a football team, some of these “squatters” would not be in this position today?

    Jose Miranda

    New Orleans

  5. Kelly (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

    He does have a point.

  6. termite. (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

    of course he has a point – a very good one in fact.

    my issue with this is the building itself. this isn’t a ‘public’ building, one that is run by the city. i feel quite sure this company has the means to fix it up or at the very least make it safe for the pedestrains walking below it and they have chosen not to.

  7. Heather (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

    I think Jose has a great point about the homeless situation here but it wasn’t really the point I was making, that is all.

  8. Jack Ware (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 11:32 am

    There’s nothing to worry about The mayor is way ahead of us on all this. I’m sure his new code thing will be applied even-handedly and Dominion Tower and The New Orleans Centre are on the top of his list of issues to address…uh, er, after he repairs all the sidewalks in the French Quarter.

  9. DanF (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

    The owner of Dominion Tower & the centre is a guy named Juda Hertz. Could have mis-spelled his name. The radio station has been talking about this property for over a year now and nothing is getting done. We’ve tried to get the owner on the air, no luck. It’s a travesty really the shape that tower is in. The other thing to remember is that by him not getting something done with that building it holds up the proposed Jazz Park and city hall moving from its current location

  10. Dan F (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 7:40 pm


    I knew we had some audio. It’s a large file but it’s a man on the street thing, asking locals about the shape the towers are in. Done in early March 07


  11. Heather (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 9:12 am

    Thanks Dan. It is good to know that there are other people paying attention to the issue.

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