Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Surviving Gustav

Better late than never, I always say.

The Kinch family rode the storm out at my parents house near Baton Rouge.  Florida would have been a better choice.

Nonetheless, everyone came through it with a few nicks and scrapes but OK.

You can see the damage done to my parents neighborhood here.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ferrous Bueller's Day Off

The City of Slidell has passed an ordinance banning the use of metal cladding all new building within the city limits.

Brick, stone, stucco and various other materials - but not metal - will be the standard for building exteriors in Slidell from this point forward, the City Council agreed this week.

The council voted 6-0 Tuesday to ban new metal construction.

Officials have said they want to minimize the presence of metal buildings in the city to keep it from becoming too industrial-looking.

In addition, residents have said at meetings where the city's master plan has been discussed that they want to improve the look along the city's main thoroughfares, and that means fewer metal buildings. The change to the zoning code calls for the entire exterior of buildings in commercial districts to be covered in brick, stone, architectural block, stucco, glass, wood, fiber-cement siding or vinyl siding, though vinyl siding would not be permitted for more than 25 percent of the total exterior walls.
The first question I have is, what should industrial buildings look like. My second question is; is the city council totally deranged? Don't answer that.

But seriously folks, they want to ban metal cladding for new buildings but allow vinyl siding? Yeech! I was hoping to have something more substantial to say about this, but that would be like having a serious discussion about Beavis and Butthead.

I'm Still Here

To all my loyal readers out there, this blog has not ceased. Due the professional and personal demands made of me I have been unable to devote the the time and effort that I would like to make this blog what I would like it to be.

Hopefully in the near future more attention can be put into this blog.