Preservation

The current LSU/VA plan abandons Charity Hospital, one of New Orleans' most iconic architectural and cultural wonders. The plan also calls for the destruction of 249 historic homes in the Lower Mid-City neighborhood. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Charity Hospital and the adjacent Lower Mid-City neighborhood to its 2008 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. It is believed that the German immigrants who settled Lower Mid City in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries provided the brass influence that helped foster the development of Jazz, arguably the most important musical movement in American history. Charity Hospital itself has been the birthplace of many of the artists that have established New Orleans as one of the nation's most unique and irreplaceable communities.

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

"How Would You Feel?" - New Orleans Resident Diana Monely

Diana Monely has worked for the city of New Orleans for 30 years and lived in her Mid-City home for 35, but now will lose her house 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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"It Doesn't Make Any Sense to Me" - Homeowner Roberta "Bobbi" Rogers

A year and a half after receiving $45,000 in preservation grants from the state of Louisiana, Bobbi Rogers is faced with having her home demolished... by the state of Louisiana. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Louisiana State University plan to use the Mid-City neighborhood for the site of their new hospitals, needlessly destroying 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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