Mitchell J. Silver opened the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit last night with constructive criticism of the capital city and its leaders. Silver serves in the Department of City Planning in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Vice President of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority Mark Goodson is part of panel discussion at the Smart Growth summit downtown Tuesday that will delve into the issue of redeveloping neglected and abandoned properties.
The Redevelopment Authority says in 2009, East Baton Rouge Parish had some 6,500 adjudicated parcels of land. That’s somewhere between 2 and 3 percent of all the parcels in the parish. The Authority is currently conducting a study in tandem with the Center for Community Progress to bring that information up-to-date. The numbers, however, are projected to be similar.
Goodson says Baton Rouge should take a more robust approach to code enforcement to reduce blight like Atlanta, Portland, and even New Orleans already have.
Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage after Hurricane Isaac have only three days left to register with FEMA for disaster assistance. Thursday is also the day the state’s two remaining Disaster Recovery Centers will close.
On this week's Louisiana Eats! we'll celebrate Thanksgiving by speaking with expert chefs, roasters, and bakers. First, Molly Stevens provides us with tricks of the trade for roasting everything from vegetables to seafood. Then, Chef Chris DeBarr and Lee Stafford collaborate to serve a Thanksgiving meal made entirely from local foods available at the time of Louisiana's settlement. Plus, Poppy teaches us how to deep-fry a turkey and Kate McDermott shares tips for baking pies.