Wednesday, June 25, 2008

More recent stories, old posts

I had planned to wait until I had more time to put into this, but:
US Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the State of Louisiana (State) announce

VA Medical Center (VAMC) and Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans (MCLNO) Site Selection Public Informational Meetings

Meeting Date: Thursday, June 26, 2008

Location: Grace Episcopal Church, 3700 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Time: 1:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. -- 9:00 p.m

Not sure if I'll be able to make the second metting, but I guess I should dash this off tonight.

The Times Picayune is certainly right about the importance of a teaching hospital, but the mayor seems to know that we all know that the Picayune's right.

After reading the recent stories on plans for a new teaching hospital, I looked up a couple of old posts. Since those posts touched on a few subjects, you may want to go directly to the linked articles from May 2007 and February of this year. Read the articles and these posts at Squandered Heritage. The mayor has obviously been banking on the fact that nobody will be willing to risk losing the VA hospital by getting into a prolonged fight over location. It might be too great a risk in this case, but the mayor will keep running roughshod over process for as long as he can get away with it.

In a related note, the July/August issue of Preservation Magazine names Charity Hospital and the adjacent neighborhood among America's eleven most endangered historic places. Interestingly, the same issue that expresses concern about the "1939 art deco landmark" on Tulane Avenue featured a cover story on Tulsa's art deco gems.

Tulsa seems like a great place to visit, but never got the chance to go. I remember traveling through that region and thought it was really beautiful.
Because I'm too tired to expound, my opinion:
Sorry, I didn't see your post when it went up. I actually checked around to see if anybody else had mentioned it, but didn't realize that issue of Preservation magazine had been out that long. I only went back 30 days on technorati.

I was too rushed to really go into detail when I posted last night, and I'm too tired now. Basically, by being anything but transparent, the mayor prevented site debate from taking place for so long that people will now be afraid that a prolonged debate could cost the city a new VA hospital and/or a teaching hospital, and, ultimately, LSU Med School.
I've never been up there, Elgin. It wouldn't surprise me if it I found that I thought it was a pretty city, since it's on a river and in the hilly part of the state. I threw that out there because New Orleanians tend to take a snobby attitude toward Midwestern and other Southern cities. Yet, Tulsa has more respect for its architecture than New Orleans.
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