Blight or Might?

neigh·bor [ney-ber]

noun

1.

a person who lives near another.
2.

a person or thing that is near another.
3.

one’s fellow human being: to be generous toward one’s less fortunate neighbors.
4.

a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his or her fellow humans: to be a neighbor to someone in distress.
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This is a story about  Kweku Nyaawie’s  house, his neighbors and what happened when he became physically unable to complete the restoration of his house at 616 Port Street in the Marigny.  It’s a story with details that deserve to be read so I’m going to link to the story on NOLA Slate and I hope you’ll click over and read it. Long story short: Ku was restoring a shotgun he bought shortly after Katrina. He became  involved in the community including the Community Garden Project in Treme. Then he was involved in an accident in 2010 that left him unable to walk and resulted in his having to have physical therapy in Texas. Recently, he received a letter from the city summoning him to a blight hearing  as a result of complaints by neighbors. Neighbors who most likely knew of his accident and the circumstances of why the restoration was on hold. He was given a list of things that had to be fixed or he would be levied a $500.00 a day fine. Personally, I find it interesting that he received a blight notice so quickly when other people in the city have lived next to blighted property since the storm with absolutely no response from the city to their repeated complaints.
Enter other neighbors into this story. Neighbors who know the true meaning of the word:  “a person who shows kindliness or helpfulness toward his or her fellow humans: to be a neighbor to someone in distress.”
On Martin Luther King Day a group of neighbors (physical neighbors and metaphorical neighbors) came together to help Ku with the to-do list mandated by the city. It’s my understanding much was accomplished but, as of this writing, supplies and money have run out. Fund raising is being discussed to raise the money  to complete the project and I will let you know when I hear more on that.
Meanwhile, please read the complete story and ‘Like” Ku’s House on FaceBook. If you’re unable to help physically or monetarily then please show your support on the FaceBook page. Let Ku know we support him.
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