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5 definitions by Nola-boy

 
1.
One of the most dangerous housing developments in the U.S.

Historically one of New Orleans' most crime-ridden areas, mass demolition and other efforts drastically reduced the crime occurring in the neighborhood. It was located across Florida avenue from the Florida Projects. For its deplorable condition, it was known among locals as "Dirty D". The Desire, which once had over 262 buildings, was completely torn down by 2003. Two of the original buildings were preserved for historical purposes. The area was in the midst of re-development and new construction when Hurricane Katrina inundated the historically low lying area. When it was built in 1949, several other buildings were cleared to make room, including the Hideaway Club, where Fats Domino played regular gigs. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary announced that by July 2007, 100 of the eventual 500 houses would be built, as part of a development dubbed the "New Desire" or "Abundance Square".
Man 1 - Hey man, wanna come to the Hideaway Club tonight with me and the fellas?

Man 2 - I don't know about that. It's right in the Desire Projects. And you know how dangerous it is back there.
by Nola-Boy March 29, 2010
 
2.
One of the most dangerous housing developments in the U.S.

The William J. Fischer Housing Development, better known as the Fischer Projects, is a public housing development in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States. It was the last conventional public housing development constructed in New Orleans and originally consisted of a 13-floor high-rise and fourteen 3-floor units. The area has been undergoing redevelopment since about 2004. The development is located along Whitney Avenue in the Algiers area of the city's West Bank, which is part of the 15th Ward and is named for William J. Fischer who served as chairman of HANO in the 1950s. The Fischer Projects opened in 1965 on 48 acres of land adjacent to the Mississippi River Bridge and it approach roads. The development was isolated from other West Bank communities by the bridge, the Donner Canal and a Southern Pacific Railroad line. The 14 low-rise buildings were built in long parallel lines and positioned using the scattered site method resulting in large park areas covering approximately 60% of the 48-acre site. A 13-story high-rise building was constructed in 1966 and served as housing for the elderly. Upon completion of the high-rise, the development had a total of 1002 units. Over the years, the development became rundown and saw a rise in violent crime similar to other public housing developments in New Orleans and around the country.
Man 1 - Aye, did you hear about how the SWAT team did a crackdown in the Fischer Projects?

Man 2 - Yep, and I heard them drug dealers started shooting at them too.
by Nola-boy March 26, 2010
 
3.
One of the most dangerous housing developments in the U.S.

The Melpomene Project was constructed in 1964. The site was once made up of single and multi-family houses; by the late 1950s the city declared them slums which paved the way for the project. It is the youngest surviving housing project in New Orleans. In 2004-05, half of the development was demolished and renovated after failing to meet the Housing Authority of New Orleans' economic viability guidelines. Subsequently, the demolition of the other half has been put on hold. The complex is commonly referred to be the nickname "Melph".
Man 1 - Aye, did you hear about that shootout in that secondline Uptown?

Man 2 - Yep, it was right by the Melphomene Projects.
by Nola-Boy March 29, 2010
 
4.
One of the most dangerous housing developments in the U.S.

Located in New Orleans' 7th Ward, the complex was built over a few decades, beginning in the 1940s and has the distinction of being the 2nd largest housing project in the New Orleans. Like most public housing developments, it was not a very safe complex but by the standards set by other facilities in the city, like the Magnolia Projects, it was one of the New Orleans' safer projects until planned closures began and residents of the St. Thomas Projects and Desire Projects were moved into the St. Bernard.

The project was torn down in mid 2008, and is currently being rebuilt as Columbia Parc, a mixed-income neighborhood.
Man 1 - Aye, I heard they tore down the St. Bernard Projects.

Man 2 - Yep. Now those people have to relocate.
by Nola-Boy March 28, 2010
 
5.
Officially called the B.W. Cooper apartments, the Calliope Projects is one of the Housing Projects of New Orleans located in Central City New Orleans. There are 1,546 units on 56 acres of land. The project was built between 1939 and 1941. There are 690 apartments in the original development. In 1949, a gymnasium was added at Broad and Calliope Streets. In 1954, a twelve block expansion added 860 new units. The expansion pushed the western boundary of the Calio back two blocks from Erato Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Calliope Projects (or simply Calio to the locals) are among the most notorious in Uptown New Orleans and the United States along with the St. Thomas Projects, Magnolia Projects, and Melphomene Projects. The drug trade and subsequent violence from it were two of the primary reasons New Orleans was nicknamed the "Murder Capital of the U.S."
Man 1 - Aye, they just had another drug related murder in the Calliope Projects.

Man 2 - Dang, thats the third one this week.
by Nola-Boy March 29, 2010