I want to thank again captain blackened -- minimums doctor George capital which in Eric Kessler with panel. For spending the two hours with this talking about what went on and again more importantly what we need to do to regroup. This is conversation keeps coming up but maybe get a little better every time. So we we got to keep talking about it what happened on -- street was horrific. Is there anything that can be done or multiple things that can be done that can prevent something like that and I think that was the goal. Let's look at crime in the big picture and let's look at it short term with our police department that has limitations. With the with the -- so few policeman. And if we can do things better. So will continue that conversation but now we're gonna take what I call a big mental shift. And we're gonna go to one of my favorite shows everybody knows that I love our show from the front porch where we really visit a neighborhood and get to know that. Today we're gonna get to know brought more a neighborhood that has done such an outstanding job of rebuilding. It's being actually being used as a model in Chile. Following terrible earthquake there I think that says volumes. Joining us is Eric Gregg was a commissioner with the brought more improvement association. -- -- color Schmidt who is president of the board of the -- broad community health clinic. And she says she's also representing her husband who is not here David winkle Schmidt. Who was with the -- improvement association. And is president of the Andrew H Wilson charter school we're gonna talk about. And we have the president of the brought more improvement association. Kelly right. I thank each and every one of you for joining -- as we started. With every neighborhood. What are the what are the borders of your neighbor. I'll take this one we start on south Claiborne avenue we had north going up. National avenue across fountain logo on Jeff Davis to Washington and the man. And -- Washington and which becomes talent on now all the way back to self important that we -- wedge -- -- In the center of the city and a wedge of -- isn't that like so tell me about life before the storm. Am. -- -- -- isn't really centrally located neighborhood. I demographics. Rapper is they -- the demographics of the city as a whole economically. And racially. In second place to live it's a lot better now. So that's what's so incredible is that when we sat down with people who. Endured the storm live their before endured. And even new people coming -- it's the victories it's what happened after that so -- only change Tellme a lot of good things happen. Well. To piggyback on that Kelly I remembered the first I didn't even know there was surprise improvement association before the storm and we really my husband I was living in the French Quarter with our eighteen month old at the time. And there was this big neighborhood meeting on the -- ground. In on that side of someone's house and big tent is that I generators and the whole neighborhood was there and it was our president -- -- play at the time abroad more lives rather -- Orleans rally and I just remember my husband was home watching our daughter. And I was so fired up after that I mean just the passion that -- showed and you know like who is gonna. You know who's gonna come back and make this neighborhood better than before in his and -- and -- really -- I -- people -- You know I thought I was in gospel church should know president upstream and and it is it was really dynamic and I went back and I told my -- -- you have to meet let's wait can't tell you have to -- how remark. -- to meet these people who are spearheading this and I'm and that's a week. And -- to of course is now councilwoman yes she was president abroad more improvement since he -- so that's called leadership. -- started there with a rally and the call. And had you been living in the neighborhood alone. I had not actually. You know when Katrina happened. Was going through a number things I was sleep and on the toys and Jason couch. At a time and I and there are going to medium like OK you'll honest. Mean we talk immaculate and Carrollton. And I got in OK we are I would like church the next NL Michael -- where his house. So one across the street can take you out of because you want to be apart of something on it it it was and it still is grass roots -- its very -- That's the definition of a neighborhood minutes behind it's it's everything. The church or school there you know everybody. When I say everybody I mean. -- you know it's also the cats view if you like you're gone around the neighborhood and you thinking elegant neighbors well. After Katrina and rebuild your houses together and now you know hundreds. And hundreds having gamers. And we have so many Hobbs now and our -- and there's the Wilson school and the Rosa Keller library community sample if you lock in and Keller. You know -- summit coming on the partner in them execute locking up the right you know -- you want in the coffee shop you know the people on the coffee shop. You know library and you know the people working in the desk and there's a group of people that you know having a meeting in there so it's were it's really. It's a great place to live way we all for I mean these people we didn't know each other before the storm and now they're all great friends and you know want to see each -- And that that is what makes a neighborhood neighborhood stay with -- everyone we're gonna take a break and we're gonna find out. Really what life was like post-Katrina. And what it is today stay with us I'm Angela on WWL. Well welcome to brought more that's the neighborhood were visiting today with thought Eric Griggs and that's when cooler Smith and Kelly right. Very excited about their neighborhood in -- and it's palpable and it's a very nice feeling that you'll care as much as you do. It wasn't a pretty -- after the storm some kind of take is Bakken. What was like. It was pretty desolate. We had my husband and and my daughter were still living in Virginia -- sister and I just opened my physical therapy practice about three weeks before the storms was running back and forth from our house at the clinic. And kind of just -- it by myself with my brother and a curfew in. You know it's pretty it was pretty -- we had a couple of neighbors were pioneers and you know living off that no electricity. And and that raised basement house's yeah right right and there is a placement help that much water. And about eight feet mystery zone in my house the silverware drawer was drying but everything was oh my income he. How Simon now has about 66. And our. First for all the -- -- all. Are you did you raise it now it's actually three stories -- -- -- -- converted the first quarter bombing case. And -- elect is OK. Okay so you say to yourself I'm gonna stay. It's it's funny. It would respect the storm in Covington we would like there in the dark you know listening to win its line air mattresses. In in the family unit around 41 room in an example you always wanted to win and I'm originally from Washington DC's now that's an idea and and my husband's from new round and he said I can go anywhere and my sense that we anywhere you want after I finished school. And and you know and and I said it's great to where we if we -- We -- house we have nothing. -- -- elsewhere you know me -- our biggest investment as a means we need to rebuild it. Once I made my first trip and they in Madison until October and Japan on the -- in Houston and so everybody decides and what's wonderful is that you decided to -- so let's look a little different than having lost a house of money. You really committed to. I asked it it it's hard not to. I think I said you know the good stuff happens but it's like -- town. -- then stadium you know risen from North Carolina but I've been I'm from new -- -- twenty years. Home. You feel at home I mean literally you could go. Around the corner if you didn't whatever you didn't have your neighbor and for you to spend all your time trying to help somebody. Doing something it would take your mind off of that that the pain and the fact that they were stand like you know you can go through anything like he had just one -- When Matt and demonstrate full well yeah that's not going to fit. It's sleek and each other houses of the curfew. Yeah our bigs every meeting everybody would bring against. That's an accident. Mean it's horrible that -- bright eyed kids going to school -- in the afternoon coming to decline in China -- listen you know ran neighbor. And that's what exit interview was trying to rebuild a house of committed to the neighborhood. And yet there is this phenomenal ground swell of the movement. To make it better than it was. Yeah after after that rally I said -- back to my husband Mike -- you know this is -- we're staying -- there really was even a question for me I grew up here. I was born and raised here and meet back here -- we doing college came back and I remember when he came back three weeks after I had already been here I was so excited I'm like. To see how much matter if you look so good and he's driving down you know -- jet skis on and -- and I. That's why it hit it. It it was an opportunity as well on the neighborhood. To to just think being you know it's it's. We were clean slate and we had a we had a website up and -- message boards and -- what do you want when you know somebody rode horses wanted to -- And you know we wanted to school and what kind of programs and linemen and in. It it. It being -- that's our plan came down we published a 300 page plan. And besides being a plan for us it was a template for other neighborhoods because we knew we were farther -- -- where we as we discussed earlier we work. On very rich in. Neighbor resources our neighbors were Smart. And hardworking and devoted to during the neighborhood packed so our plan one it's something that we actually implemented in 2006. And it's been now eight years and we're surgery visit because we have accomplished many things but it would you the only neighborhood who came up with a plan. Something an extensive 100 pages well part of that was because we had been designated -- -- and they said that they were gonna leveled a neighborhood for retention time which is. We galvanized us. So our plan was our proof that we needed to access to OK and who did you have to address. On it was included in the city's plan for rebuilding actually. Whole part and -- so you saw used the paper had a big green dot on your neighborhood and you said no. This isn't going to happen because we want to be here. And luckily we partnered with the Kennedy school of government on the and they were great resource costs as well they didn't tell us what to do. They helped us to achieve our vision and percent in no way that. Made us look like -- we -- -- look at what we want what and they -- terrific partner and have been for a long time. What is exciting is that you all recognize that you needed to school you needed to school because as you said that's the next generation and it's crime control. It is gonna have a wonderful school to raise great kids how did that happen. -- I was originally the -- population chair so my job was to count neighbors and we thought if we could prove that 50% of the neighbors were coming back and they couldn't make disagreeing died. And and if so we worse -- trying collect. Forms from any name that we could fine. And then it was while whom have been -- we have a school we need to school today and the form morphed -- at one as are you bridges are you coming. Analysts are you coming back by this date because it was. Ten years from now wouldn't work and then it was are you coming back and how many school age children -- council so. Just kept building and we fought for our school prayer and then you hand the -- intimate you had Pete -- -- Keller library. On the library is. Tremendous town and our neighbor and we knew we wanted to rebuild it we help that was part of -- we ended. We are the recipients of five million dollar Clinton Global Initiative for angry while that was -- kind. And two million dollars of that came from the Carnegie foundation for in the library. Before Katrina and the community center with the Olmert color house which was the historic home was used. So we when we rebuilt that we've had in the community sent her and now it's called the Rosa Keller. Library and community center. And it's really a vibrant center for earnings -- And that's where the. Coffee shop the green dodges the green and I kept saying I would just fuel that smile in your face I would be have been so disturbed. By thinking well. You didn't like ready to march on sitting on your mountain. We were Meyer read. It that attracted Fisher army any. Six months now sixty. Battles. Said acts I am. You know we're building -- commercial now at prime Washington -- cultural district. And we restaurants. Everybody one should make it one TO. -- point -- to. It happens dream that can happen. How did you get the did you just feel grant for the Clinton money. As part of me and Kennedy school -- and -- partners and -- -- around the country and me steer us. Well you did that you're continuing to do it and we're gonna continue to hear their story from brought more stay with this let's take a break for news -- will be right back. I'm Angela under the -- well. Liam love loving listening to Eric -- with Griggs I'm sorry Beth -- Schmidt not Smith as I said earlier. And Kelly right. Brought more people proud proud brought more people. Not listening to the battle they had first not to be green spot. And then secondly to create a 300 page plan that's impressive. That you are now. Achieving one thing and you built your school. It's doing well. Your husband runs it. He's he's done the president of the board okay. And but it's too is doing well yes it is and it's that's great and we you also have I'd love to -- the -- a -- -- library and community center. So that's a good example you have the library you have to have a library. But you also wanted to better communication. -- able to put them together and do you know great. Gets. Which is nice and now the health clinics so let's start there. Yes the health the health center is now on the corner of Washington a broad. It is the building is built to be. With green -- enterprises and community development block grants that a received an award to. We develop for properties that intersection. So the house and it was really the crux of at all. So that the building is -- just receives. Word from Access Health they're going to be operators and the clinics so we're looking to open this fall and it will be. Where people discriminate not going to be with hospital beds is just it's a community health clinics -- primary care or have been a decent pediatrics and some women's health. And a lot of preventative. Type. Classes and education for the community had there been a clinic prior. There was not a clinic but in 2007. There was a community needs assessment an area that we did with HR EH RS aid coming at a grant. And I just determined that the need for something in this neighborhood there were. 53%. Community members were using that emergency room as their primary. -- It's not just to Serb prime numbers well it's to serve the hopman triangles granite city by the neighborhood so it's looking Indian prime -- -- gonna serve the five neighbor neighborhoods so. -- town -- triangle for rats Zion city and brought more. Much needed and you know it just seems and I'm speaking out of my mouth I don't know and I'm talking about that that is sort of the future. Having neighborhood clinics. So much more cost effective than you say 53% going to an emergency room for their health care. Just head down our state treasurer on who said those things cost 700 dollars a pop if they -- outrageous. So this is good so this will be state funded our city and state funded. This will be well it's. It's through a program on with the states and disease. Down okay. This is not still -- market -- -- -- but it's basically if you go through. And yet there's certain certification for the state and it remembers. So after qualifying you know -- happiness. It's basically. Reimbursements and you can -- Anyone who wants dealers whether they have insurance are to answer. On that is tremendous and you know when we're talking about. Neighborhoods. That is what it's about it's what does the neighborhood need need to school in need to community center and need to health clinic annual Don. Tell me before we talk about some names how your example became. Used in not -- That's part -- -- Kennedy school. The plan we also publish. The disaster response book which it's around the neighborhood too much I've seen it. Our partnership with Kennedy school and also Bard College we get this great group of students coming in every spring and summer. And they have really helped put these books together said the disasters -- book. They they also traveled to other. Disaster -- cross country and they bring these they bring these books out -- not only in Chile. On the other places with flooding across the country now. It's it was published for that so. At Harvard they have a disaster. Recovery program part of -- urban planning school and that's. That's excellent center on them but that's fantastic -- lessons learned and you don't have to do. Rethink this we'll. Learn from us. Yeah and it's funny because what -- the remarks of compact car. There was this. There was town that had flooded and their school had flooded two or three times and somebody said why don't mean the school. And I never thought of that because -- you just have to rebuild the school area you Rican. Now we can do it better. And brought -- has I want everyone to stay with us we're gonna talk about some of the issues they face is lighting is a crime mr. puddles stay with us we'll be right back. -- But we're getting to know broad Morin and the incredible things that have happened. Post-Katrina and I really mean incredible things. But let's talk about some of the issues you face as other neighborhoods. Let's talk potholes. We've got a lot of thought to -- Have to consider it again at the ground and moos has little tunnel late who you gonna have her. Potholes. And. Yeah we get scary deep holes what I was about to say in people name their titles we've had we've got some this year the paper because of the flamingos and -- conductors. Yeah tunnels are our problem that they -- every game pregnant -- Do you get response when you call sitting home saying you know what we had a real deep one we're gonna lose a car now. You do not get response -- -- we have a theory and organized. Organization that makes calls and no we -- That is heartbreaking let this move from titles until lighting present the other big game. We have a lot of street lights out and the city does not have the money to prepare them. They've been around for a long time. In fact I am planning a candlelight vigil for home in July in the streets of candlelight to draw attention to honor on street lights that are. Are they out on every block. But on south there around for about two blocks than there out of the corner intersection Jack Davis and fountain blue which isn't busy intersection. So it's in critical areas when you had spoken to City Hall about that do they say. We can have -- in two years -- in any game plan now they just say they don't have the money and the neighbors. Are worried about it because of -- I mean one. And just like. Natalie Portman. From. Some neighbors who called the city over in a -- of green very and then. Our council people -- just to keep calling it. And that and they can't -- money or via the just bottom line and money. We were talking to break there's a fourteen million dollars in isn't gonna. Fix everything but -- some help. It'll be interesting to see where the lights go. As we spent the first two hours of this program talking about crime and about. Hot issues certainly spurred by what happened in the quarter but not exclusive to the quarter. Do you all have issues with crime. We -- that think columnist and no more so than anywhere. It's not terrible -- we have the same issues about we're -- we suffer from random opportunistic urban crime just like every neighborhood in the city we don't. Have a -- we have very little problem violent crime which is a good thing. We have a day. Crime camera initiative we're trying to put a hundred crime cameras in the neighborhood we've -- one -- we offer rebate to people further installation fees. But that was the primary reason for having school. Yes absolutely but as you've gotten to known neighbors sometimes that's the greatest protection at all -- is knowing each other. Well again -- a pro active. When I first moved there my house got broken into three times. Jason Torres has and I have to -- keys in at the school we started a basketball program. Is about four years ago and we've seen over 400 kids mom during that time where Wednesday's there is run by could Sidney Williams right now. And Jason councilman that. Old school coach on the eleventh. But they keep coming back it's Wednesdays Thursdays and Saturdays we. Did you -- you -- -- feel like they're part of something and the crime random little. The juvenile crime went down because they had something to do paint something to do at the school through your chance -- school with them PG seventeen commitments. Yeah yeah not pride seem that. In our previous two -- -- caller -- says you know to have too much free time has done enough to do and that is exactly what you're saying. -- we have a lot of programs of their faith based organizations as well. And it the community center and they really circled there you see the same kids Egypt on Monday near here on Tuesday there year rising but that's great. As they take final labor and we take pride in them. Yes my daughter if she takes the cooking class -- how many programs there are free from the -- history. Program called girls on the run you can actually run to self esteem. And then there's like that through education quarters just a million things to summer reading list and -- -- for adults -- and kids and other and we were talking about CN. People in the neighborhood will they work at the library and he of people from the neighborhood we've we've worked there we lived there with -- church there yet we eat there we go up and -- the well that's true. -- you'll have a wellness turn we do. My daughter -- -- an elaborate she's -- and it's about I blocks down the -- I don't Powell. And it's really great because it was not knowing you know just being blocked at the church of the school history and take great pride that you. Movies and library there's all kinds of chart to retract ninth -- -- -- in the ninth in art and every. There's something from -- Too old age there. -- say what wonderfully thought out neighborhood I can see why he would fight. And fight for it and and again the creativity. Of making better than it -- what other issues do you face. And light. Her young life was good enough. Like -- at I think so be -- we need to reduce the plate you reduce -- And you're real and large volume of violent crime -- -- Public primed and again there's there's a big push on -- light. We have a community development corporation has. -- properties. On and develop them into new construction renovation and national at a moderate income. And it is. Price reduction working very hard and then we're starting to. Really seen it at an and how do you raise the money to buy them. Mom. And we get financing through a lot of large nonprofit finance. Organization lists skin. And there are some local listeners who also had helpless there was grant money in federal money. There's been different -- and maybe that's the answer because we still have so much politely asked him the money is drying out and now it's drying them. There's more money for that because there have been other. Tragedies and so it's not what we're seeing counts more for work first. -- in. As well with workforce development may be people getting better jobs. Will be able to buy those homes and yet to do the -- But in the meantime. Do how do you maintain so that they don't look so bad. Is -- grass cutting is there. But Brandon neighbors -- in an average complain some community groups to -- Grumman and volunteer. Volunteer days routinely. I'm here with two points to. Lie to it's it's it's it's. In our final minute what is the most exciting thing about chimney behind. The people I I think just having having all of these entities come together. For one common purpose and and really pushing. You know happy day a -- I -- That's a nice thing to send them I lived in Katrina and in prime -- for teaching and keep. Now and -- compartment that I mean -- prime. -- Had an and one of the chief rockers. Now. I really appreciate you all coming on I feel like I know your neighborhood much better. And not -- on driving around them and Anglican and all this way and I and I guess that's got. But it continued success in your efforts we really need to be applauded and you -- the template for others so very very good. Thank you very much thanks we'll be right back. So good to end the day uplifted. Please join us again tomorrow have a great afternoon.