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URBAN CONSERVANCY UPDATE 06/26/02

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    *The Urban Conservancy Biweekly Update* June 26, 2002 In this issue: *Multiple Groups File Petition To Meet With Council About Wal-Mart *Carrollton Groups
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      *The Urban Conservancy Biweekly Update*
      June 26, 2002

      In this issue:

      *Multiple Groups File Petition To Meet With Council About Wal-Mart
      *Carrollton Groups Begin To Organize Around Stuart Hall Neighborhood
      *Good Idea Roundup
      *Upcoming Dates, June 29, July 30, August 8
      *Quick News and Views
      *Volunteers Needed (volunteers@...)

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      MULTIPLE GROUPS FILE PETITION TO MEET WITH COUNCIL ON WAL-MART

      Seventeen neighborhood and civic organizations have formally requested to
      appear
      before the New Orleans City Council to ask them to reconsider the actions
      it has
      taken to approve the Wal-Mart Supercenter being developed in the Lower Garden
      District.

      The organizations sending letters to Council include: The Urban Conservancy;
      The Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association, Inc.; Bywater Neighborhood
      Association;
      Coliseum Square Association; Delachaise Neighborhood Association, French
      Quarter Citizens
      for Preservation of Residential Quality, Inc.; Garden District Association;
      Historic
      Magazine Row Association; Holy Cross Neighborhood Association; Irish
      Channel Neighborhood
      Association; Lafayette Square Association; Magazine Street Merchants
      Association; Louisiana
      Landmarks Society, Inc.; Mid-City Neighborhood Organization; Preservation
      Resource
      Center of New Orleans; Smart Growth for Louisiana; and Vieux Carre Property
      Owners,
      Residents and Associates, Inc.

      Read the complete release at:
      http://www.ucno.org/walmart/consortium062502.html

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      CARROLLTON GROUPS BEGIN TO ORGANIZE AROUND STEWART HALL NEIGHBORHOOD

      On June 11, a meeting was held between residents of the area near Stewart Hall
      School and various Carrollton area neighborhood associations. At issue is the
      quality of life for residents of the area and the school's plans for future
      expansion.
      We're watching this situation closely and will keep you updated as more
      develops.

      Read the letter:
      http://www.ucno.org/issues/carrollton062602.html

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      GOOD IDEAS FROM AROUND THE US

      TAMPA
      Spurred by Tampa's dismal reputation for cyclist and pedestrian safety,
      efforts to create a 100-mile network of greenways and trails throughout
      the city are quietly gaining steam.
      http://www.sptimes.com/2002/06/17/Hillsborough/100_mile_greenway_eme.shtml

      CHARLOTTE
      Charlotte city planners have a new requirement for big box planners: an exit
      strategy. "We're not going to accept some corporate, logo-stamped design,"
      said Charlotte Planning Director Martin Cramton.
      http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/3484745.htm

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      UPCOMING DATES

      JUNE 29
      RENOVATORS SALE

      Saturday, 9 am - Noon. Lots of new merchandise including: *interior doors
      *lumber
      *insulation board *roll roofing *12 new electric stoves *air filters of all
      sizes
      *light fixtures

      Plus everything for the small business electrician or plumber, cases of
      breakers,
      galvanized pipe fittings, and more items too numerous to mention.

      All proceeds to benefit the purchase of the warehouse. Cash or Check
      only. Call
      Bryon Cornelison at 636-3060 before the 29th with your questions.


      JULY 30
      HOMEBUYER TRAINING IN N.O. EAST

      Individuals in east New Orleans interested in becoming first-time home buyers
      should register immediately for a Home buyer Training Program. The Home buyer
      Training Program is designed to educate potential home buyers on the process
      of purchasing a home. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS FOR
      REGISTRATION
      IS THURSDAY, JULY 18. There is no charge for the training classes. The
      two-week
      training program will begin on July 30 and end on August 8. Classes will be
      held
      from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

      Interested individuals should call Yosheka Daniel, at 254-3718, or stop by the
      Versailles Arms Computer Learning Center at 14548 Saigon Dr. in N.O. East.

      SNAP offers the only home buyer training program east of the Industrial
      Canal. New Orleans' rate of home ownership, about 40 percent of all
      residents, lags
      the rest of the nation, which is about 67 percent.

      AUGUST 8
      NEW BREED NEW ORLEANS SPEAKER'S SERIES

      New Breed New Orleans' first gathering will be held August 8th at TWIROPA -
      1544 Tchoupitoulas St., just beyond the convention center. NBNO's premiere
      speaker is
      Tim Sanders, Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo! (yes, Yahoo!) and best
      selling author of
      _Love Is The Killer App_, a book exploring the rewarding effects of
      compassion, networking
      and community mindedness both inside and outside of the workplace. Join the
      gathering on
      August 8th, and learn about what others are thinking and doing to help
      build an environment
      that nurtures community engagement and fosters conversation about bettering
      New Orleans
      for all.

      http://www.newbreedneworleans.org/

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      QUICK NEWS AND VIEWS

      A Moneymaker For NOLA-renovation:
      http://www.ucno.org/issues/citybiz_oped061802.html

      The commission tried to save the buildings but was overruled by the City
      Council:
      http://www.ucno.org/issues/timespic062502.html

      Guess who made the Top Ten List for Misleading Environmental Claims
      Of The Year? Hint-they're local, and have "nature" in their name:
      http://www.ecopledge.com/reports/dontbefooled02.pdf

      Suits Say Wal-Mart Forces Workers to Toil Off the Clock:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/25/national/25WALM.html?todaysheadlines

      Rising crime outpaces national average:
      http://www.ucno.org/issues/timespic_crime062502.html

      Some Might Think It's Wal-Mart Heaven, But Chalmette Residents Don't:
      http://www.ucno.org/walmart/chalmette062502.html

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      UC IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

      The Urban Conservancy is seeking committed people to assist in the Wal-Mart
      campaign and other projects in the near future. If you are interested,
      please send an e-mail to

      volunteers@...

      with your name and phone number and what your interests are. If you have
      already committed, you will be contacted soon!

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      Edward Melendez
      Geoff Coats
      Principals

      The Urban Conservancy
      http://www.ucno.org

      If you assume that there's no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope. If
      you assume that there is
      an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things.
      -Noam Chomsky
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