Community Voices

Over the last century, Charity Hospital has become more than the city's largest and most critical medical facility – it has become a cultural landmark and an icon of our collective memory. Lower Mid-City is an historic neighborhood, with many 19th-century Victorian homes showcasing classic New Orleans architecture but it too is more than just a section of the city with buildings from a long time ago - it's a community of neighbors. The debate over the hospital proposal that would abandon Charity Hospital and demolish Lower Mid-City isn't just about policy, it's about people. This is a collection of their stories, memories, reflections, and demands.

"The city asked everybody to come back... We did." Gayle Ruth, New Orleans Native

New Orleans native Gayle Ruth restored her home after Hurricane Katrina but now may lose it to the wrecking ball if the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Louisiana State University go forward with a plan to use the Mid-City neighborhood for the site of their new hospitals. These hospitals would needlessly destroy the historic neighborhood around Charity Hospital where residents have been rebuilding and restoring their community since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more at http://www.preservationnation.org/savemidcity

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"We Need Help" - Sam Jupiter, Jr., 20-Year Business Owner

Nonagenarian Sam Jupiter, Jr. has run his barbershop in Mid-City since 1988. He will lose his livelihood if Louisiana State University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs go forward with a plan to use the Mid-City neighborhood for the site of their new hospitals. These hospitals would needlessly destroy the historic neighborhood around Charity Hospital where residents have been rebuilding and restoring their community since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more at http://www.preservationnation.org/savemidcity

 

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