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Residents Raise Questions About Uptown Streets Marked 'Private'

Charles Maldonado
The Lens
Richmond Place is one of three Uptown streets that are posted as private, but haven't been taxed. Assessor Erroll Williams is investigating whether the streets are indeed private.


There has been a battle brewing over the fence on Newcomb Boulevard, which residents installed to block traffic from Freret Street. A group of residents and community associations responded with a lawsuit objecting to the gated closure of a public street.

An investigation by The Lens has uncovered several more Uptown streets marked “private” and closed to outsiders, but with no definitive proof of that status. They are some of the most exclusive addresses in the city.  

Lens Reporter Charles Maldonado talks with Jack Hopke about who owns these so-called private streets.

Jack is a Program Host and Producer at WWNO and has been with the station since 2003. He hosts and produces Saturday Night Jazz. He also serves as the station's Public Service and Jazz Coordinator.

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