Saturday, January 17, 2015

Two Deckers in New Orleans

In the 200 block of North Genois Street, Mid-City New Orleans, two new two-families are going up. They look too narrow to be proper two-story doubles; apparently they will be one flat on top of another, with the second floor entrance off to the side. A two-story two-family where each unit has one floor is a New England two-decker!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Houses in the Lot Across the Way Are Being Painted.

The first has a grey-and-white finish.

The second one is just being started.

A House Comes Down on S Cortez St

A house was torn down at 416 S Cortez St in New Orleans yesterday, January 9, 2015. The company responsible, Demo Diva, did an excellent job. No debris in the street or in neighbors' yards! :^)

View from across the street.


Apparently, the house was too frail to be renovated. Plus, it had some bad remodeling done to it. Maybe the foundation was weakened. Termites? Or activities associated with the new construction going up at the corner of S Cortez and Baudin Streets?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

More development in New Orleans! And a quick house sale.

First, the development.

The houses in the formerly vacant lot across the way are almost complete.
One is for sale.
3700 Block of Baudin St.

A pile test assembly and some stray timber piles laying about.
300 Block of North Scott St.
And the quick house sale.
The real estate for sale sign was put up five weeks ago.
A sign the real estate market here is still in a bubble.
And a sign Mid-City is still gentrifying.
300 Block of South Scott St.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

North Scott Street

This whole entire city block, viewed from North Scott Street at Bienville Avenue, sat vacant for the longest time, even from before Katrina. Black Raspberry bushes with the most luscious berries grew up astride the fence around the perimeter.

Now last summer a sign proclaiming a new rehabilitation hospital went up. This last week the developer started driving piles.

South Scott Street

There is a vacant lot at 434-436 South Scott Street. It used to contain two single shotgun houses. Both of them got flooded after Katrina. Being rentals, they did not qualify for federal grant aid under the Louisiana Road Home program, so they sat and rotted for years. The one (#436) started leaning against the other, so it came down. A couple of years later, the other came down. The lot sat vacant and neglected for several years.

This past summer city officials took photos of the lot. That spurred the owner(s) to action, clear the lot, trim the grass, and to sell the property (properties).

Now this past week a "gradall" appeared with several timber piles. A new house or two will be going up soon.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Other Countries Build Advanced Infrastructure as New York City Awaits Possible Closure of Penn Station Tunnels.

Breaking on the Daily Kos.

Infrastructure advances in the rest-of-the-world will blow your mind.

While we're "debating" torture, access to basic health care and the veracity of climate change, the rest-of-the-world is simply advancing transformational infrastructure like you would not believe.

In Switzerland, the world's longest rail tunnel -- straight through the Alps -- is about to open.
At 57 kilometres, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, which will travel through the Alps between the northern portal of Erstfeld and Bodio in the south, will become the longest rail tunnel in the world once complete, stripping the title from Japan’s 53.85 kilometre Seikan Tunnel.
Meanwhile, the ancient tunnels between New York City and New Jersey -- dating from 1910 and about 4,400 meters long -- are so old -- and damaged from recent hurricanes -- that they risk forced closure -- and economic catastrophe for America's largest city -- at any time.
Losing one of the current tunnels would be a commuting nightmare, but getting financial support for Gateway will be be difficult, said Len Resto, New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers president.  
"The situation gets more dire day by day," Resto said. "You will get delays unacceptable to the riding public and it will become an economic factor. There's only so much that employers will put up with if people can't get to work on time."
Italy now boasts Europe's fastest high-speed train -- capable of speeds up to 400 km/h (249 mph) --  that will cut travel times between Rome and Milan -- about the distance between Washington, D.C. and Providence -- to two hours and some change.
The high-speed electric-multiple unit (EMU), which is expected to be put into service on the Rome-Milan corridor by Trenitalia in 2015, is certified for speeds up to 360 km/h but is capable of 400 km/h running.
(And it's not just the sexy Italians who are leaving us in the infrastructure dust. As George W. Bush wouldn't want me to do: don't forget Poland!)

More at  the link.