Corinne Zimmerman, a New Orleans resident who lives by the 17th Street Canal breach site, called me last week. She was one of 125,000 residents and businesses on the east bank of greater New Orleans who had just received a check in the mail.
Ms. Zimmerman - whose husband drowned 12 years ago when the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina - wanted to know why she was receiving a check for $400. Did this mean that the Orleans Levee Board was admitting they were responsible?
The $20 million awarded is a pittance compared to the claimed damages due to the corps' levee building mistakes.
Don't appear to be constitutional based on precedents in other states.
Seems unfair to me that if you are at the point of no return approaching a yellow light, you are fined for speeding up to pass through and you are fined for not speeding up and passing through if it turns red.
Additionally, the cameras are apparently owned and operated by a private company based out of state.
"Meanwhile, the Jefferson Parish Council voted in January to suspend its traffic cameras after discovering that the contractor running the system, Redflex Traffic Systems of Phoenix, Ariz., intended to direct a share of its revenue to lobbyist Bryan Wagner, a former New Orleans councilman. The New Orleans system, begun long after Wagner left office, is run by a different company" - nola.com
I agree---the traffic cameras seem to take a way a certain amount of drivers discretion in certain circumstances when it is actually safer to proceed through a yellow light as it is turning red, particularly in this city where there are fewer turning lanes and a usually a large neutral ground cross.
On the other hand, I too would feel a little less agitated by the big brother-esque cameras if I knew the money was being funneled more directly--and transparently-- into the city through a non-profit, or charity.
"A federal court of appeals has ruled that New Orleans’ automated traffic enforcement system ordinance is constitutional (see Bevis v. City of New Orleans). In doing so, the Court found the city’s interest in reducing traffic crashes outweighs the private interests of avoiding a fine."
Via the American Traffic Solutions (ATS) website:
ATS is a Scottsdale, AZ based company who contracts with American cities, like New Orleans, to manage traffic photo enforcement.
“One wouldn’t want cameras to just be a revenue generator.”
When the mayor announced a major expansion of the city's traffic cameras, he said safety was the reason. But the city hasn’t studied whether the existing cameras have reduced wrecks. Studies around the country aren't conclusive.
www.nolainitiative.org/wp-cont... NOLA INITIATIVE is collecting signatures to take down Traffic Tickets. The company is run by greedy crooks who already have 2 that were sent to jail! Redflex is the name of company!
I would love to have a IKEA in the city of New Orleans . I moved from Atlanta back to hometown new Orleans this year. Ive shop at IKEA some many time s and I love the store . There so many pl moving to new Orleans plus the taxes is is so ridiculously high and ppl want to have great experiences shopping for there new apartment r home. and they don't want the crazy prices tags for luxury . I love nice things at reasonable price that I can afford on a glam chic fashionista Budget so if you find it in your heart to bring a IKEA to New Orleans I'll be so happy and grateful and I think everyone else will too thank you Angela W .
"Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there have been may community discussions debating the viability of removing the overpass, as cities such as San Francisco, Boston and Portland have done. Ultimately, a cocktail of federal grant programs funded a $2.7 million 2013 Livable Claiborne Communities study conducted by Baltimore-based design firm Kittelson & Associates. The study laid out three options for revitalizing the area under the overpass that amounted to essentially: Keep it up; take it down; do something in between. After analyzing the choices, the city decided that the cost of removing the overpass or its on/off-ramps would be prohibitively expensive.
So a coalition of designers, architects, philanthropic groups and city agencies is focusing on leaving the overpass in place, and below it, developing a cultural marketplace. The vision for the Cultural Innovation District is to transform all 19 blocks beneath the elevated expressway along Claiborne Avenue with new green infrastructure, a market with food and art vendors, and exhibit and community event space."
Ousting bad 1960s choices with neighborhood entrepreneurship.