The $1.2 billion LSU/VA medical complex plan will have an enormous impact on the city's urban fabric. The decision to expropriate and demolish Lower Mid-City will carry irreversible consequences that will affect the look and feel of the city for generations to come. The far-reaching consequences of even the smallest of development decisions sparked the creation of the New Orleans Master Plan so that the city had a strategic game plan to help guide these decisions in a way that makes sense for the future of the city. In 2008, the City Planning Commission signed a $2,000,000 contract with Goody Clancy to complete a Master Plan to direct the future land use development of the city. Yet these planners were explicitly barred from evaluating the hospital plans and the larger biomedical district. Though the most respected urban planners suggests that efficient, dense, walkable cities are most likely to take advantage of the environmental movement and the renewed popularity of urban life, the LSU/VA medical complex proposes to abandon its efficient space downtown for a sprawling suburban-style campus that would demolish a residential neighborhood that is already uniquely positioned geographically to capitalize on market forces for robust revitalization.

Below you will find a collection of articles pertaining to the planning issue:

NEPA lawsuit against VA and FEMA for environmental violations

Full text of lawsuit by National Trust For Historic Preservation claims VA and FEMA failed to follow federal environmental requirements for New Orleans hospitals. Filed May 1st, 2009

List of 60 organizations endorsing call for public hearings as of 4/24/09

List of 60 organizations endorsing call for cost-benefit analysis, public hearings, master planning in hospital process

Press release: NEPA lawsuit against VA and FEMA for environmental violations

Lawsuit by National Trust For Historic Preservation claims VA and FEMA failed to follow federal environmental requirements for New Orleans hospitals. Filed May 1st, 2009

Nagin letter to Jindal regarding NOAH 04/24/09

Letter from Mayor Nagin to Governor Jindal regarding the Governor's plans to close the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital (NOAH). Send April 24, 2009

Tribune: "Charity is More Than a Hospital"

New Orleans Tribune: "Charity is More Than a Hospital, New Deal Era Idea and Art Deco Monument"
by Robert Tannen

Planning for the existing and new health and bio-medical district in New Orleans has so far failed to reflect a long history of respecting New Orleans unique neighborhoods, adaptive reuse of historic and vacant real estate, and working with citizens, stakeholders and property owners to develop a consensus on a workable plan for development.

Instead, a process characterized by planning behind closed doors, routine public meetings to meet federal and other requirements, ignoring citizen opposition, and failing to examine workable alternative plans for a critically needed medical district. No neighborhood, organization, preservationist, or planning group has expressed opposition to a health and bio-medical district. An unprecedented alliance of close to fifty neighborhood associations, preservation leaders, health industry representatives, and planners has called for a more transparent, rational and comprehensive analysis of alternative sites for two new hospitals, and an examination of best land use plans for the existing and proposed neighborhoods.

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Tulane confronts LSU control over control of proposed new hospital

Scott Cowen, President of Tulane University, is calling on Tulane alumni to contact Louisiana legislators and tell them that the proposed new public hospital must be governed by an independent board of trustees. “Tell them that no organization should have majority control,” the university website reads. Cowen sent an e-mail to Tulane alumni on Friday and recorded a message on the university’s website.

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New Orleans VA's hospital plans going before public tonight

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Times-Picayune: "Jindal tells New Orleans City Council he still backs hospital"

Gov. Bobby Jindal gave private assurances to New Orleans City Council members that he still backs the proposal to build a $1.2 billion state teaching hospital in lower Mid-City, despite a growing collection of individuals and organizations asking both the council and the governor to reassess the plans.

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MOU between Veterans Administration & City of New Orleans; CEA between City & State of Louisiana

This agreement where the City of New Orleans agrees to acquire the land for the VA hospital in Lower Mid-City. Signed November 19th, 2007. Includes cooperative endeavor agreement between the City and State of Louisiana.

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