Gentilly Girl- a part of the 99%

February 28, 2008

Nagin’s 39 Pages of “New Rules”

Crossposted to the Wild Wild Left, and Docudharma.

Alright, I’m an anti-blight type of gal. I’ve watched buildings slowly collapse over the last six years since I returned into piles of rubble. Most of the ones I’ve been watching for years still stand, and the City ain’t done Jack concerning them. (Many are owned by churches, Black non-profits (?) and “little people”. The usual suspects.)

Back in ’04 I was trying to purchase a blighted building to create a Trans shelter and education house. Whenever I approached a member of the City with this concept, there was a sputtering sound, accompanied with the sounds of crucifixes banging against the walls. All I was doing was to locate some property and then it was up to me to get support from the Trans community to make it whole. Bingo! One less blighted property in a neighborhood. One gem amongst a block of bits of coal. (not a Racial statement, but one of a geological nature, thank you very much.)

So today, our “Chocolate City” Mayor springs a 39 page revamping document changing the city’s anti-blight rules on the City Council. Needless to say, as a homeowner, I didn’t get a copy, and neither did Betts. I don’t know of anyone else who has seen this document. So we are to just be mushrooms: kept in the dark and fed shit until you decide to “use” us? To fine us? Fuck you Bro! And fuck you with a hayfork.

I am not against many of the prohibitions on the list of offenses, but I am against a wholesale overwhelming of the City Code covering 170 chapters. This “feels” like a takeover and a Disneyization, especially when it comes to the poorer neighborhoods which are primarily Black and poor.

Per the “unknown, and therefore invisible document”: “owners of unoccupied buildings would have to maintain in good repair such decorative features as cornices and trim, keep insect screens on open windows and doors, and repair cracks in foundation walls .” If the place is unoccupied, what’s the point in this? I know many folks who own homes here and there are cracks in their brick foundations. Screens on windows of an unoccupied home? FUCK me now! (There’s no one living there.) Cornices? Shit you fuckmooks, the costs of recreating the cornices and gingerbread could easily pay for 25 sheets of wallboard to make the interior whole and livable. Is Disney trying to require us to keep things looking nice so it won’t cost them too much when they do a corporate takeover of the city as an amusement park?

Will “No-See-Um” Ray become the Mayor of the new Wonka-ville? Will he wear a funny hat? Is there going to be a flowing chocolate river where Bayou St. John once flowed?

Inquiring minds would like to be clued in.

Here’s another one: “unhealthful biological growths” . We have eliminated the two greatest threats to Humanity from our yards: kudzo and St. Augustine grass. I fail to see where theses are “unhealthful growths”, just unsightly pains-in-the-tushes.

Here comes the killer: “Other possible penalties against owners whose properties harm the “public health, welfare, morals, safety and the economic stability” of their neighborhoods could include fines of as much as $500 per day, or foreclosure to collect outstanding liens.” . MORALS? Sweet Zombie Mother Freakin’ Jesus! We are going to legislate morality in this housing shit? Dammit! Most of the offenders of this part of the Code can’t find a trashcan for their McDonald’s shit… they do like at home: drop it on the floor. Morality? Fuck babies, clothing is optional in our courtyard (I’m the only one who will go sky-clad in the side yard for my morning prayers). If some purient cross-wearer peeks over our security fences and sees naked bodies running around and reports it, we’re in violation of this new Code? Fuck you again Mr. “Shouldn’t Be” Mayor. “Morality”? What about your dealings with folks that do not involve prior information (like more than a 24 hour heads up) before you bulldoze their homes? “Morality”? Does that mean anything that would upset the Disneyites visiting our Sacred City?

I want that 39 page report in my inbox in the morning Mr. Nagin. (Your minions can pull that one off, right?) I want a copy of that document in every homeowners’ hands by Monday you massive whack-job. We are the constituants, the Council are our representatives, and you aren’t God passing down the Golden Tablets about how things will be here. It’s OUR city you congenital idiot. (You can run back to Dallas when the shit hits the fan, but we live here.)

The Council will consider this on March 21st… okay, I want copies of this document in all homeowners’ hands by the 7th. We are the homeowners of the City, so we should get some say on this shit… savvy?

Or do you have a hidden agenda with these kinds of pronouncements?


  1. First off this is the kind of tactic the rich bastards use everywhere, the neo-cons push everywhere. Just a grander scale than most cities and slightly smaller than the 9/11 plan.

    Pass whatever you want while the people are too busy and confused. Take away their rights, use loopholes and deceit…. then take their shit.

    I would be networking, darling, having everyone I know make “social calls” to anyone on the board, or to any Public Building Nagin has his slimy little claws in….

    Make a list of addresses that fit the above: People in Power’s Homes or Properties and assign them.

    I would go to that meeting armed with a list.

    The City Hall has 7 foundation cracks, 500 a day, or foreclosure.

    Land Developer Joe Shmoe has a cut in his rear screen door about a quarter inch, and I saw invasive molds behind his refrigerator.

    Get hundreds of such examples.

    Then proceed to the obvious:

    While molds and such do present a public health issue, that it is not a once, do or die situation when you live in a bayou state; it is a never ending process.

    Foundation cracks are in every old building and the cost of inspection would far outweigh the validity of that legislation.

    Chipped dentalwork or cornices are part of an ongoing reconstruction phase, and the least of the town’s problems. Bring pictures and examples of any flaws you can find in council members or members of the elites’ properties.

    Release this list to the press a couple days prior to said meeting, and have a bunch of people show with more.

    Nail the motherfucker down!

    Comment by Diane W — February 28, 2008 @ 5:41 am

  2. Don’t worry Darlin’, I plan to nail that mook to a wall (or a support under I-10 in the middle of the Homeless camp.).

    I am a vindictive virago.

    Comment by Morwen Madrigal — February 28, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

  3. The Trans safe-house is a great idea and is so needed in this city. I hope you are not giving up on this!

    Comment by coldspaghetti — February 29, 2008 @ 12:45 am

  4. Don’t worry, I’m not giving up, but practical realities get in the way. Families need homes too.

    I’m just waiting for the dust to settle in City Hall, get back into OUR home, and then start working again on a shelter/info station.

    Everything at City Hall, and NORA, and the RH, etc., is screwed. We waste time and effort right now when no one from Nagin’s Admin can ever give you a straight answer.

    I’m saving those thoughts and energies up for the Future.

    Right now we must be “grounded”. Work slowly towards the goal. And then… we unleash the shit storm when the time is right.

    Comment by Morwen Madrigal — February 29, 2008 @ 3:43 am

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