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Wednesday, January 9

Come Meet a Public Housing Developer

Hey LUCAPeeps (My first post!):

I know that you all are really interested right now in the New Orleans public housing debate. With that said, I'd like to invite you to a presentation held jointly by the Rockefeller Foundation and UNO's Urban Planning department. It's going to be tomorrow - sorry about the short notice- so call or email me if you want to come with me.

The three hour seminar will be given by a St. Louis-based firm that has been given the contract (and all those juicy LIHTC - low income housing tax - credits!!) to redevelop one of the "big four" housing projects. In other words, they are a HUMONGOUS force in this saga. I don't know exactly what the format will be for the evening, but I encourage all of you to come and think critically about their proposal and be challenging. And if anyone wants a little background on the issue, stop by my office.

Here's the info...

Please join us for the Rockefeller Foundation Redevelopment Fellowship public speaker series featuring
Richard Baron, Chairman and CEO, McCormack Baron Salazar

McCormack Baron Salazar is a firm specializing in the development and management of mixed-income communities with an emphasis on large-scale redevelopment projects in central city locations. They are partnering with the New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative to plan the redevelopment of C.J. Peete public housing community.

The event will take place on Thursday, January 10, 2008 from 6-9pm at the Hampton Inn University of New Orleans Downtown Center, Gravier Room, 3rd floor, 226 Carondolet Street

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