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6-23 3pm Angela, On the Front Porch- Faubourg St. John

Jun 23, 2014|

ON THE FRONT PORT in Faubourg St. John. A big question now...just how commercial will this gem of a community become? How do we balance progress...and preservation? How do we welcome new and younger residents and all the innovations they bring to the neighborhood, and keep the charm, history & tranquility that brought them there? There are lots of issues on the table: tour bus congestion near cemeteries on busy Esplanade Avenue...public use of the bayou and levee areas for festival, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding...zoning violations...noise...increased crime...congestion... conditions at the Fair Grounds Racecourse & parking around it...proliferation of retail and bar-service liquor licenses...soaring housing costs resident. (How do we keep it’s eclectic mix of people, and not become elite?) If you live or work in Faubourg St. John we'd love to hear from you...as a new or longtime .

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We had quite a day started off with these Silverbacks assigning a lot of good things on there. The controversy concerning common -- just continues but the messages. Common core will be taught at least in Orleans and Jefferson Parish is. Probably throughout the state. It's all about what's gonna happen with detestable to follow ups on that. But now we go we continue our from the front -- segment. Getting to know our neighborhoods. And the victories they've had post-Katrina. And the challenges they still face. Today we go to fall -- Saint John an eclectic neighborhood that rides the waterway along city park. Here to talk about his neighborhood is -- -- adults longtime resident and member of the fall -- Saint John neighborhood association. Such a beautiful area you can. Now there's there's no other place in the city that I would lift him if it is the only the only area I consider. As we're speaking before came on the air with thing about downsizing and we're gonna stay in that neighborhood. And so folks of the great house on on the market about to -- It it is such a livable area and we have that the shops right close by everything's within walking distance. The we have we have the housing stock but we don't have the density. We we have the convenience but we don't have traffic today. And we have and I say this the most diverse neighborhood in the city we have and at least one of everything you can think up in the neighborhood and we want more. I love that attitude now tell me the parameters. Okay. Starting from the by you and disable part to say out to gentility. Gentility to broad. Broad to the with the court or what's gonna view of record or. How to moss. Take moss around to Carrollton in and out to Passaic. That's a big hairy it is. And now that it's fairly -- as far as people. But but we've done a good job of of revitalizing the neighborhood over the years last twenty years the scene of an amazing change in the name. Let's start with damage that was done to Katrina some hit harder than others -- we had everything from the 1012 feet of water there at parkway bakery. Devastated them but they came back better than ever. Two some errors that we were high and dry out by holder -- And they didn't really get any standing water -- in mind it right in my approximately. We had two feet. In the neighborhood so we had. Pretty much everything you think we had some devastated areas but for the most part. There was minimal. It may be too -- war in when you think about. -- was devastated the city park -- idea and yet they come back -- that's another whole challenge so proud of them. But so close to so much of your area and Pam and I we we bike and run through there every morning pretty much seven days a week. And to see what they have done. I'm real once once FEMA cut -- the money and set it down to a they have totally turned that park round it's absolutely amazing and the number of people that we see here every morning. Really makes me feel good publicity. You know it was very sad. Very very sad after the storm but I remember in the early days when we got back broadcasting channel four in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. That people were you know let's take our brooms and playing the switch and there was a sweet young boy he says. I'm gonna bring my lawnmower and start cutting the grass at city park they lost all of their equipment there. So much talk and really starting from the beginning. But it was that kind of heart or member of that group that called themselves the mile -- That's exactly right -- Citizen power it's all about citizen they did a great job taken up the slack until the. Park administration could cars the workers who get the equipment there right well again it's a real victory said he park is a gem for every one. And it's just better than that even their little mini golf courses. It just made it so people that this is it's absolutely amazed me about a great thing coming up the third of July the marine band playing on the great lawn. Their by the Paris style and it's it's going to be a good night. -- -- and that's another great venue because the in Louisiana philharmonic played only once a year free. And everybody brings their blanket their dog their kid. And this beautiful concert at the Paris style with a waterway in the background sometimes you see the gondola that we're now mine I'm -- dream now. You know stick -- it's absolutely amazing to be able to run through there every -- bike through their project that is it -- me and I admire that you are that. Disciplined I love the city and a little world. You can challenger good representative for -- and John. Let this go however. Did you have much movement in or movement now. We had quite a few. Renters move out of the neighborhood. They had to find somewhere a -- obviously. And they took up residence of morals of people who own their houses we didn't have much of -- turnover. Like I said there wasn't that much damage and our housing stock is fairly sturdy did its days are house who was built about a hundred. Fifteen years ago 110 years ago. So they have dental lasted through a lot of of turmoil. But mainly it was the runners. And we got new was back and I would love a mall that it. It was just swap it went for another that they had to leave because prices went up for they had to leave because they lost jobs all the houses -- they had to have worked on a nice it's so they had to find somewhere to live man and while they were gone the houses were fixed and prone to some of the people. I don't think the rents have gone up that much in the years has been some some increase. Housing values. Have really spiked in our neighborhood and -- -- for the folks. Of course you are. You know I I think that we have talked to any number of neighborhoods. Of trying to keep the balance of progress and preservation now. That that's that's difficult to do let's talk about it. I consider myself a pragmatic presentations. I love older homes. You can't keep a mall. And I love the old neighborhoods but. People don't remember that the neighborhoods were built on mixed use. Way back when. They wanted to be like it was well that means that you have the -- -- the story of the corner bar you have. -- of the shops. In the neighborhood. Now -- the nimby not in my backyard thing. And it really has taken some of the flavor of the neighborhoods as far as I'm concerned we have we have such a good mix. Of people. The best example I can give his pals lounge -- blocks from my house. Some young people bought it -- did it oh god ten years ago twelve years ago. And it is a club in the neighborhood and it's pet friendly. I mean you can't go and and not make a new friend every time to go. Suzanne accorsi is a different mind always always involved in projects in the neighborhood willing to donate any town you ask for anything. And -- kind of things that you need in neighborhood you can't have a sterile residential only neighborhood just really canyon. And then you would be able to walk anywhere I mean you have to get your car you know put down a carbon footprint and goes somewhere. We we are fortunate that we had this for a winding Conseco's and and turnovers and just everything right they -- with us cafe -- forgot it's I mean where else can get a better meal. As shocked as is is a great great person another citizen of the neighborhood great citizen for the neighborhood just like Suzanne at -- We we're blessed with some of the best people you can possibly imagine apartments in a neighborhood and we wanna keep that one. Now we tried to. Broker. Compromise. Between some of the groups. There are some that I called OK people citizens against virtually everything. And we have some that are pretty much anarchist. And think that there should be no rules whatsoever well I like to think that -- some middle ground there somewhere before we start called each other names where we can decide the now some growth is good some usage is bad to -- to what we can live with as a neighborhood. And remained friendly neighborhood -- and friends with each other in the process. So we we have addressed some issues you're like Henry Kissinger. Well one of my best quotes are from Henry Kissinger he was in front of congress espousing a certain position on something. And he said it has the added value of being true. And that's a lot like to go by facts don't. I don't like the common core thing that you were just talking about with a that was great to see harmful frontier. But -- deal with facts -- your -- to your own opinion but to not entitled to your own facts. Tell me the truth tell me what what's actually going on and we can deal with. But don't don't go on the Internet and give me some kind of now while it's scary tale that you know the -- is gonna fall on me because we allowed volleyball on them on the left. By the by the body dentist -- -- -- here. OK we have a lot to talk with. About on Bob -- Saint John and Jimmy -- -- stay with this will be right back I'm Angela under the February -- we're talking from the front porch. Today about fall -- and John -- talking with a member of the association. Jimmy -- Holtz who. Just you can just feel the love of your neighborhood coming out of you and that's a wonderful thing if you really love real. Now my my grandfather was the smartest men worlds that if you if you don't like what to do you need to do something else if you don't like where you live you need to move. Because of the place out there that you don't love a place at fifty I found where I want a bit new walls was always my home born and raised here. People less of a -- -- not yet but I'm working on. It's it's a place to live it really is I can't I can't tell people how much fun it is to live in follow -- and -- Let me ask you this -- we go through all of our neighborhoods. What are some of the issues let's talk about. Crime -- big arm we all we have parts of our neighborhood in three different districts but for the most part were in the first district. We have virtually no crime we have some petty stuff here and there. But we -- we really have no serious crime. Every once and while there will be something that that pops up on radar. But we live in a safe neighborhood. And you know we're we're right known in an urban center. And work crossroads for a lot of major streets and we just don't see. We really don't see it now they'll be along more storm our bikes stolen or something. But we really don't have the problems of some of the neighborhoods have. You have big neighborhood watch. We just started neighborhood watch about a year and a half ago. We just have very involved neighbors because we're walking neighborhood. -- people out of streets all the time. We're Barack porches all the time now having parties talking to each other. We we see what's going on. Now we've we have you know what -- mrs. Kravitz on none of the -- -- -- we've we see what's what's happening and we let people know what's happened. That's called being a neighborhood and that's what it's supposed to be about to take care of each other that you watch what's going on and something's wrong you report. You don't have private patrol. Well we -- a situation. With the fairgrounds. Part of the agreement for them to put in the 700 slot machines they put in a few years ago was that they had to find. A patrol car. For our neighborhood and for the triangle which is right on the other side of the fairgrounds. It's a dedicated car in a patrols just those areas and it's not a detail and that's something that's -- to be a problem for us we've talked about that later. It's a dedicate a car -- its regular patrols funded by the money from those 700. Slot machines. So Bob that's our private patrol who -- called that you can call him on their cell phone have them escort you from your car to your house. Your clothes and a it's it's a perfect symbiotic relationship we've we have worked that out over the years. There's a an effort right now to put them under the cities. Detail office. And take cut their pay which means that they're going to be paid an awful lot less than they have been paid. In the past. And we may not be able find the offices that want to do. At that rate and they gonna turn over yet it's in a rotating basis so will do the same offices that have gotten used to us that know that. Yelled somebody comes home at 1117 every night and they they -- walking into our house. So we're trying to work for the city to make sure that we maintain the same kind of relationship with those offices that we had details. You know I heard that because that has been a subject many times on the show is that new office of secondary employment. And that was one of the concerns was. The rotation. And once some companies. Get used to somebody and they get used to the company and -- -- -- -- and -- and they were making some acceptance I think they -- for the -- I think they -- for some of the things. -- trust me where we're making that case good with them we really want those guys because of familiarity is is the most important part of it. Just like you don't wanna have Temps coming in and in doing you know your medical exams every week. -- you wanna build up but knowledge base institutional knowledge base. With those offices so they know what's going on now they they they are very coupled with viewing you with them. And that's that's wicked and they can work is but it's a 24 hour incidents while that's. That's let's talk about the fairgrounds but visitors and concern of -- that they haven't been maintaining it. Down. I didn't get involved in that we have some members of our association that sit on the board. That that help with the fairgrounds. And from what I've seen there's been some lacks. Care. There but I understand they have now coming to an agreement. And they're going to the Arctic that back up the horse racing association. I can't remember the project name of they sat down with them and and that worked out the details that worked out the problems we have never had a problem with them at all. One occasion -- be some loud music it would have to address that. Every so off the traffic gets to be kind of the serious on on the mystery street exit. And some of side streets but we are really had any any major problems with them when we go to them with concerns that they've always addressed. Well you have the big Jazz Fest and he walked to it. Six and applause from the front door on my -- to a but. The other side is you have suggestions and we -- a lot we don't mind. I mean it's seven days a year that when you was eight days and it. There's a price you pay for being in the city there's a price you pay for the kind of at the you know benefits we get. From things like Jazz Fest. We go every day in the twenty years and with lived in our house twenty years. We we sat down this past Jazz Fest and I think we have missed five days. Total winnings of -- fast. We go every day. The minutes until the for next year. And we have a cadre of people who park and I yard every year. We expect that we save their spots for them every year. You know we allow people to come in and then use a bad if they're stuck trying to find their car because bulls to get the take a picture that car. And where it is now that's an old road warrior trek. I take a picture of my hotel first and wanna check yet. This is where I am so. Naturally very Smart take it to displace. Out as much time as people like just been on the road. You figure with city year for some time so yeah this is where I'm I'm staying police take me here. Now we we help people out -- -- more kind to -- we pick up behind him because people tend to drop some trash once in -- I'm not to complain about it it's a couple of days of the year some I'm fine with that. And you're enjoying it yes the bottom line. Stay with -- everyone we're gonna continue our talk with Jimmy -- Holtz about fall -- Saint John right activist we -- back from the front porch. With Jimmy Ferran hello -- talking about his neighborhood. Fall -- Saint John and I love listening to it. We're talking about we were talking about some of the issues -- the fairgrounds of course attempt. It's also that area. Is so I think about them by vocal -- and other events it's just opened wide happy neighborhood the field. And yet there are those who say enough. -- There have been some a very small group. Who have started lobbying to curtail activities on the body. Whether it be. Large groups Bob -- kayaking. Or or music. Festivals on the by itself. And it's been said that there we too many days of of activities on the volume when in fact there are only eleven days of organized festivals on the volume. A year and of those only eight days is their music. And we we live what -- bought the book by book who has become a great neighborhood partner. A -- Zell and his people. Our neighborhood association actually -- and it's a -- would -- Booth for the festival and we split the profits with them 5050 who take costs out. And we raised enough to make a match for re doing the magnolia -- there but for bringing him we raised over 50000 dollars to match the the federal funds. This past year we're we're trying to reduce does mayor playground. Next to bring. Now we want to put some swings in the swings are phenomenally expensive to treat to ground put in the pants and put financial swings themselves. But our take just from buy your book Lucy was 8500 house. That that goes a great way towards funding. The revitalization playground. We need partners like by people who. We've had some some complaints. Super Sunday. People complained about me what big a part of new wall one's history. Can you get than super Sunday with the Margaret audience there on the buy -- some people complain that they should be allowed to use of the body. They should be able to -- celebrate there on the how excuse me but it's public yeah. That it's it's -- actually called the -- people citizens against virtually everything. They. They seemed only wanna shut things down and not come to a compromise and see how things can be done in a positive way. -- that's what I try to work warts and most of our neighborhood association tries to work towards that. Try to find a compromise try to find a way to satisfy every -- you're not gonna get everything you want but you never gonna get anything you want you you sit down with the people that are involved. And work it out. But missed some people just want to shut it down. So it's interesting what you're saying about the the number of days -- their actual. Events that there are so many complaints about races through the neighborhood because a lot of races come up esplanade. Or dale moss. Total of the year our streets -- shut down 71 dollars for the whole year. Clinton in the last twelve months 71 hours we had traffic checked in any year. Now that's not in a position and he can still get through. There are ways to get through it may not be the most convenient way possible but you can get through it take you know admitted to. But you can get out there trust and nobody's cut nobody's land -- It is but but it I mean we laugh about but people will really. Get upset I mean it worked themselves into a frenzy. Ordinance -- so much of it is about communication. Not everyone belongs in the association in and that's sad it would be helpful if they did. But if you sent out a flyer once a year with just the information you're talking about. It's eleven days a year -- of it has music it's 71 hours of road closure for all the races it it kind of brings it down to. What you were saying much earlier here the facts. And -- quite often what happens is. People will wait -- the very last second when something's going to be done -- they get the notice is gonna happen Sunday. And then no complaint and try to stop when in fact they had multiple opportunities to have their voices heard. To sit in on meetings to have to send memos -- to send out the emails and let people know how they felt. But they sit back and wait till the last second and -- common core was exact same way. You need to be there at the beginning up. Now there are friends of holy cross neighborhood are having that problem right now. Everybody needs to be there from the beginning now make yourself visible make yourself heard. At the very beginning don't come in at the very end after everything's been done and say now we don't want us. Because everybody's been heard that. Stay with us everyone more wisdom from -- -- ultra right after this I'm Angela under the WL. -- -- -- where you live and you love listening to someone who love for people simply talking with Jimmy -- home. About. His neighborhood ball for Saint John. There are some issues though when you talk about. It is such a beautiful gateway to look at the cemeteries in the bus -- is -- that can be a problem. The idea about real fortunate to have esplanade re paved all the way from city park down to claim an -- Went down to one lane with a bike -- dedicated -- claim which was something that really really was needed. The problem now is that we still have the tour buses driving very slowly. Along. Esplanade from broad basically down to those summiteers near city park. Blocking the bike lengths and stopping traffic because now there's just -- one -- you can't go around them. And it's causing some problems we're trying to work with the with the to a bus drivers with their organizations. And that it's -- it's an ongoing process some days it's no problem and other days it's it's horrible. And let buses -- there constantly. And if -- 45 buses there of the fumes can be a real problem especially for could bring you which is right across the street if the winds are going in the right direction those poor girls. You know they're probably saying something other prayers. What what can be done well just it's a matter talking to the city. Maybe have that the tactic of people which is what. That date the police that that industry to a buses wells taxi camps have come out there and talk to the guys see what's actually going on. And talked to the owners and and ask them if they can possibly do something better than they're doing. I know that time your area also has the illegal bed and breakfast. And that that is a growing problem in the community. Yeah not just bad breakfast but -- short term rentals via people will read their houses. A week at a time. Especially died during the of the heavy times more McGraw spring break summertime not essence. Two to anybody -- they're B&B is probably the biggest travesty of force it upon any kind of historic area. He can possibly imagine because they rent to anybody. They'll bring in more troops in the small setting. To the density of of cars and alcohol and party years. And I am not against find guys slim and let me be the first one to say that. But you have to have some kind of rules to follow because it has a very serious effect on the people around -- there are rules but their not being enforced not not at all. Now whether the city. And cares not to or doesn't have the manpower. They're not doing for whatever reason they're just not doing we have some great B&Bs in the neighborhood. That work with us maintain their properties would go by the rules. Pay their taxes which is what they're supposed to be doing. And work with the neighborhood. But we have some other ones -- have nightmares for their neighbors and we have. -- bid as soon as you shut one down or or bring to bring this is a touch and another one pops up. Because they know that they get away with -- pretty much for a year or two before the city of its close to let you know how it is in the French court. It's his French Quarter and marinate on my real real issues. And you know people -- we -- shows you where people have. Gone to all the effort to taking photographs of doing time they've done the homework for the enforcement. And then it just falls flat I feel very sorry different. There's no follow through at all -- -- mystery yeah Bob I'm not sure what to do. You know the city has a lot of problems. And maybe this is just one that they have on the back burner -- gonna get to at some point. When all the other problems -- But I don't know I know the answer let's enforcement -- the answer but I don't know what the answer is as far as density to to follow through that forced. Well I know I'm one of the big. Issues are probably the two biggest issues all of our neighbors have sent. Lightning and streets and yet you all don't have as -- -- No we don't we we have a great working relationship with Jazz Fest because they're in our neighborhood every year. And they're good neighborhood partners. Every year the Vista -- works with and he's part of the neighborhood association. He's in charge of Jazz Fest -- -- and a month or two before Jazz Fest he puts out of a blanket email because we have. A bill bold boredom and email network that we have for the neighborhood. He puts out blast and says OK tell me what the potholes are abandoned cars -- housing as street lights that are. And people just feed him this information. And every year they get fixed. Whatever is out there gets take care because the jazz and Heritage Foundation is a good partner. For our neighborhood they do what they say they're gonna do. And because we have some. Detriment. From Jazz Fest we get this benefit on the other side so it bounces up we get the music and we get the streets fix to get the lights fixed. Now so there's little congestion now that's a tax. Retain their neighborhoods listening right now that would say but -- have Jazz Fest for a couple of years we'll get our streets for the starlight done in the Indian inhabit that now. -- a little what some what some wonderful music. Yeah we've and we we joke about it you know those those of us -- meetings. No -- no it'll get fixed Jazz Fest is coming up they'll take care of that and -- architecture. Consists. It's like like America like magic yeah there there's you know low -- pothole wells out there or somewhere close to show around just fessed up. Maybe that is the answer to all of those other areas that are desperate for good streets and better aligning get a federal get a festival. And door just call that god different mr. Booth in -- he'll tell you how to do it and it. But the thing is yet to sit down and talk nice to the advocates. You have to you don't go and are demanding thank you don't go near screaming at home about Maria what are what are you doing to our neighborhood. You sit down with them. You find out what they're gonna do for the neighborhood to counter the effect that they're gonna have on the neighborhood and I'll guarantee you you come out to the good. -- that you always always rather I call each other names. The festival's gonna happen anyway yes that's what -- marathons gonna happen anyway. Now sit down and talked to on this he would you work out before it starts cream. -- is there any thought at all that. Different insistent if fairgrounds were sold at other things happened that. That Jazz Fest with not to be there but perhaps -- at city park. With the new permanent festival grounds. There's a chance that that just has to move there. I'd have to think about that for for a little bit it's such a tradition to have in their -- but. City park as the added value of trees. Which would be wonderful. Last year as voodoo music fest -- we saw the Dexter had -- value. Of those trees that that test or ground as a great festival. I think that eventually Jazz Fest could see their way to being in there. But that's between them and -- it won't happen next year when Davis and now we have the fairgrounds to Churchill Downs. And you brought a voodoo -- food fest -- you were saying and it was a little loud. Because of problems -- they moved in to the permanent festival grounds for the first time. And some of the states is the setup in such a way that it cause some problems and they reports. Mark esplanade than the large apartment complex act like -- music baffled I can imagine how bad it was sometimes in there. Those they're gonna be addressed those issues are going to be addressed. -- -- entertainment which. Was bought out most of the majority of it was sold to live nation which owns Ticketmaster house of blues -- and they are the majority owner now of -- music fast. The management team is still sing and I will be talking sometime in the future -- I act as liaison between the neighborhoods and food music fest and we it will work out well now they wanna be a good partner for the neighborhood. It's it's very successful for them they are they wanna stay there. The neighborhood wants -- there we just wanna be able to work but the problems. An audience automated drones tickling -- fanatics -- comes on at 9 o'clock tonight. Any they depict a contract -- a -- -- the Utica. And you appreciate his music he just -- years tingling -- now for days after. You you really painted a beautiful picture -- a lot going on come see if folks it's if it's a great place that they. And we we welcome everybody. Everybody and you're gonna have that house ready in a couple of years -- -- on the market keep an eye out on personal line. Thank you Jimmy -- helps a lot of over it's always good to -- thank you stay with us everyone I'm Angela under the anyway.