This com­puter crash holds some his­toric sig­nif­i­cance

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Govern­ment com­puter crashes have be­come so com­mon they rarely reg­is­ter in the news these days. But, rather than mak­ing his­tory, a com­puter melt­down in Louisiana’s Or­leans Parish Civil District Court may be help­ing to pre­serve his­tory.

Tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties have slowed down land ac­qui­si­tion pro­ceed­ings needed to make room for the new $995 mil­lion Vet­er­ans Af­fairs hos­pi­tal in New Or­leans, the New Or­leans Times-Picayune re­ports, giv­ing more time for preser­va­tion­ists to re­lo­cate a few more his­toric homes ahead of the wreck­ing ball.

The re­lo­ca­tion was sched­uled to end Oct. 31, but com­puter prob­lems dis­cov­ered Oct. 26 led to the loss of on­line mort­gage records and de­lays in de­mo­li­tion. The re­lo­ca­tions are be­ing or­ga­nized by a pro­gram called Builders of Hope and its re­gional di­rec­tor, Ca­sius Pealer, told Out­liers that the crash bought some time, but slowed his project as well. “We can’t move houses we can’t ac­quire,” he says, adding that at least eight re­lo­ca­tions have been de­layed.

Still, some 40 houses had been moved by Oct. 31, and Pealer says it ap­pears that 67 should have been moved by Dec. 3. While ex­perts have deemed about 50 homes as his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant, Pealer says some of these were in dis­re­pair. “Our biggest con­cern is that the bones are good,” he says. “If struc­turally it’s good, we move it, re­hab it, and make it into af­ford­able hous­ing.” An ac­tual re­lo­ca­tion takes one to two days and in­volves tak­ing off the roof, shoring up the walls, dis­con­nect­ing util­i­ties and find­ing a route that can ac­com­mo­date the move. “There are a mil­lion dif­fer­ent chal­lenges—one house had a bee­hive in it and it took an ex­tra day to get rid of that,” Pealer says.

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