Apr 022011
 

Bidders fill the auditorium at Xavier University and strain to hear or be heard during an auction of state-owned properties Saturday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An auction of nearly 100 state-owned houses around the city drew so many people to a Xavier University auditorium Saturday morning that the fire marshal raised concerns about capacity, prompting organizers to ask observers to leave and make room for actual bidders.

The hundreds of people at the auction represented a wide divergence of opinions on the Road Home process, however, from those thrilled to be getting the homes restored and back onto the market to others who questioned how they arrived on the auction block to begin with. Continue reading »

Mar 272011
 

“Column styles and arches vary from house to house, and three still have their fine terra-cotta roof tiles,” R. Stephanie Bruno writes of the 2900 block of Octavia in her “Street Walker” column for The Times Picayune. “It all comes together to make an engaging vista.”