Message from CRNA President

Friends and Neighbors:

If you pay attention to the news at all, you know that the Legislature is in session and is drawing new district boundaries for state representatives, senators and congresspersons. 

For the past ten years, those of us in the four precincts closest to the river have been represented by Rep. Cameron Henry, whose district is primarily in Jefferson Parish.  Nothing against Mr. Henry personally, but many of us have been seeking to have the district boundaries changed so that we would be represented by a person with an Orleans parish base—and that our Carrollton/Riverbend neighborhood and Carrollton generally would be not be divided up in such a way that no one has our part of Orleans as a base (and, therefore, no one feels responsible to “speak for Carrollton.”)

In a bill that now seems to have considerable impetus, the situation could be even worse.  Marshall Hevron, an attorney and former CRNA board member, has been following this process fairly closely.

He sent me the following a little earlier and suggested that I might send it to our CRNA membership:

Dear Neighbors,

            As you may know, the State Legislature is in the middle of its once a decade re-districting session. During this session, lawmakers use census data to draw new districts for the State House, State Senate, and Congress.

            The Jefferson Parish legislative delegation is pushing a plan that would place Carrollton and parts of Uptown in the legislative districts of Jefferson Parish representatives John Labruzzo and Cameron Henry (see the attached map). Under this plan, known as Amendment 248 to House Bill 1, residents of Bucktown and Uptown would be in the same district. Additionally, the Carrollton neighborhood would be carved up and represented by two different Jefferson Parish politicians. The result is less representation for the Carrollton, University, and Uptown neighborhoods. The plan may come up for a vote as early as Tuesday afternoon (March 29) and appears to have Governor Jindal’s support.

            Please call or e-mail Speaker Jim Tucker at:  or (504)393-5646. Let him know that you want our neighborhoods united in the legislature and that you oppose Amendment 248 to House Bill 1.

            Also, please call State Rep Nick Larusso (R-Lakeview). Rep. Larusso is the only State House member from Orleans Parish to support the plan. Rep. Larusso can be contacted at or (504)483-4711.


This is Jerry again:  If you look at the attached map, you will see that TWO Jefferson-based districts would now divide up Carrollton (and parts of Uptown) and another that is heavily Lakefront-based would also take in several of our precincts.

If you care, the information for taking action appears above.  Re-districting of the state senate and of Congress, where similar issues affect us, remain more up in the air at the moment.  We’ll try to keep you informed.

General Meeting

We are also planning a General Meeting of the neighborhood association for Thursday evening, April 14 at 6:30, at St. Andrew’s, Carrollton and Zimpel.  More info on speakers and guests (city agencies, etc) — and food — to follow.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.  

Best, Jerry

Jerry Speir, President

Carrollton/Riverbend N’hood Assn.

 Amdt 248 Map


3-1-1 Service Returns

Dear New Orleans Neighborhood Leader,

It pleases me to announce the return of 3-1-1 service for Orleans Parish, a critical component of City Hall’s upcoming AskNOLA initiative.  Although we are still a step or two away from having live operators field every incoming call, today’s reactivation of the 3-1-1 information hotline marks a milestone on our path toward a fully-functioning issue reporting system.  I will keep you informed as future phases of AskNOLA are unveiled.

For now, please take a moment to view, print, share and link your websites to “The AskNOLA Guide“.

Shortcut for webmasters:
The guide gives citizens a preview of all 3-1-1 services currently being offered at the City of New Orleans Hotline.

Stay tuned for more information next week!


 – Tim G., Administrator

Fall 2010 CRNA Newsletter

CRNA Fall 2010 Newsletter

Spring 2010 CRNA Newsletter

CRNA 2010 Spring Newsletter

A good resource

As residents of an historic neighborhood we all have at least some interest in preservation.

The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide, by Donovan D. Rypkema, looks like a great resource for those who are or who would like to be active in preservation. To quote from Amazon:

Since it was first published in 1994, The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide has become an essential reference for any preservationist faced with convincing government officials, developers, property owners, business and community leaders, or his or her own neighbors that preservation strategies can make good economic sense.

The 2005 update is available on Amazon and perhaps locally.


New Orleans Street Railway Association

Yes, there is one and it is a nonprofit educational organization.

The website features some photos of streetcars on Carrollton Ave and Willow Street in 1901. I am struck by the very nice shelters that they had along the route back then.

Neighborhoods Partnership Network

The mission of the Neighborhoods Partnership Network is to provide an inclusive and collaborative city-wide framework that empowers New Orleans neighborhoods groups in community development and citizen engagement. Learn more about it here.

Get paid to recycle?

They pay people to recycle in Philadelphia. RecycleBank pays households in RecycleBank dollars based on the amount they recycle each month. The more you recycle the more you earn. The recycle bucks are good at participating merchants, such as coffeeshops, Whole Foods, and RiteAid.

To quote from their material:

While many recycling programs have proven to be more expensive to run than they monetarily are worth, RecycleBank wins by driving higher utilization of trucks and manpower. The cost of running the program is far exceeded by the money saved in landfill fees: RecycleBank charges municipalities USD 24-30 a household, and guarantees clients they will save at least that amount in disposal fees as waste is diverted from landfills and incinerators. Meanwhile, residents are racing to fill their bins with recyclable paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, tin and aluminium: in test neighbourhoods, the amount recycled per household went from an average of 5 lbs to 35 lbs per week.

Check it out: RecycleBank

Is our city interested in this? Doesn’t seem to be. As Eric Lolis Elie has been pointing out in recent columns the Director of Sanitation won’t even talk about recycling. I sent an email to her about the Philly program in March. The response: Zilch, nada, silence.

New links added

Check out the links page (listed under Pages in the righthand column) for new links recently added to our site.  Check out the Orleans Parish Assessor’s info on any house in the parish.  Check out the status of property.  See who owns blighted property (you’d be surprised).  Learn what’s in line to be demolished around town.  And much more.

Watch for more links to be added in the future.  If you know of something we should be listing let us know by making a comment.  Thanks.

Recycling rebirth

Our neighbor Julianna has passed this on from Phoenix Recycling and I hereby post it for all to see and act on:

We will offer curbside recycling service for a fee, once we have enough interested customers.
Hopefully early fall 2007
Plastic – Glass – Metal – Newspaper
The fee is $15 per month, but could be lower based on neighborhood participation and density.
Contact your neighborhood organization for group discounts.
We will provide the bin(s) and collect twice per month.
Sign up now to help us launch this long overdue service.
Please send name, address and contact info to:
Or call Steven O’Connor @ 504-427-0891

What do you think? Maybe we as an Association could rally enough participants to get a group discount.