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🐫 Happy Hump Day! We're halfway there.

Today's weather: Partly sunny with a high near 72.

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1 big thing: 🛶 New things at the lakefront

The Bird's Nest Learning Pavilion has stairs and an elevator. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

The two-story Bird's Nest Learning Pavilion opens to the public this morning at Bucktown Harbor.

Why it matters: The whimsical metal viewing platform is part of a $15 million-plus overhaul of the lakefront from Bucktown Harbor to Bonnabel Park.

The big picture: The multiyear project focuses on increasing recreational access to Lake Pontchartrain while making the levee more resistant to storms, Jefferson Parish councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken tells Axios.

  • "The lake is a resource, but we've largely been walled off from it," she says.
  • One of the goals is to make the lake feel like an extended backyard for residents.

Between the lines: An ulterior motive, she says, is making Jefferson Parish more attractive to young families.

State of play: The Bird's Nest will be open during daylight hours, Van Vrancken says.

  • The Bucktown Boardwalk is nearby, and visitors can walk along the path to see the wetlands.
  • A living shoreline is under construction too. Two bridges have already been installed along with nine rock jetties that create an additional "speed bump" for storms and waves, Van Vrancken says.

Zoom in: It's the first time a living shoreline has been used to protect a federal levee, NOAA says, and is seen as an experiment for other levees in metro New Orleans.

  • Workers will pump in sediment to fill 22 acres to create marshland between the jetties and the levee.

What's next: The parish plans to open a paddle canal this summer for non-motorized crafts, like kayaks and canoes.

  • Plus, there's a large playground in the works along with a pavilion for hosting community events.

Go deeper for more photos and renderings of the projects

2. Pregnancy gets riskier under abortion ban

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Since Louisiana's abortion ban went into effect in 2022, doctors are using riskier procedures and delaying care, sometimes endangering a patient's life, according to a new report.

Why it matters: The report is the first to closely examine the impacts of an abortion ban in a state that ranks fifth for maternal mortality and sixth for infant mortality in the most recent CDC data.

Catch up quick: When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, Louisiana had a trigger law that immediately banned abortion.

The report describes a dangerous push and pull between doctors wanting to provide care while also trying to avoid criminal and legal trouble.

  • That has translated into "increased use of medical procedures and treatments that do not meet the standard of care," the report says.
  • In one example, doctors had a patient with a cardiac condition try multiple medications even as her risk for a heart attack increased before she was advised to have an abortion.

The bottom line: The report says Louisiana violates federal law ensuring access to emergency medical care, among other violations.

How they did it: Four organizations that support abortion access worked on the report, including Lift Louisiana, Physicians for Human Rights, Reproductive Health Impact and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

  • Researchers worked between May and November 2023 to interview 43 clinicians and patients and performed focus groups.

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3. 📺 Fully Dressed: Everybody tuned in

The LSU Tigers fought the good fight but ultimately lost to Iowa 87-94 on Monday. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

🏀 The LSU-Iowa game on Monday was the most watched women's college basketball game ever. (Axios)

  • Meanwhile, Gov. Jeff Landry proposed consequences for college athletes after the LSU players missed the national anthem before the game. (Louisiana Illuminator)

ğŸŽ¤ Mayor LaToya Cantrell's first episode of her "NOLA Insight" podcast dropped yesterday. (YouTube)

🚰 A proposed state-led takeover of S&WB's governing board would only compound the utility's problems, executive director Ghassan Korban says. (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 🔒)

👀 Donald Trump ripped into Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy on Monday, calling him a "disloyal lightweight." (The Hill)

4. 🍴 Best thing we ate: Wonderland+Sea

Sandwiches at Wonderland+Sea are served on buns from Viola's Heritage Breads. Photo: Chelsea Brasted/Axios

👋 Chelsea here. On the down side, my sister stood me up for a recent lunch date. On the up side, it gave me a good excuse to ditch our usual plans and try out Wonderland+Sea for the first time instead.

Dig in: The funky signs at this Uptown spot grabbed my attention just about as soon as it opened.

  • The menu setup is pretty simple. You pick your protein (fish, chicken or chickpea tenders) and you pick your preparation (plate, salad or sandwich).

What I ordered: I put in an order for a spicy chicken thigh sandwich ($9) with a side of kale salad ($4).

  • The sandwich was incredibly tender, and piled high with a just barely sweet coleslaw.
  • It does make for a messy lunch, and I confess to using a knife and fork for the last few bites.

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5. 🏡 Homeowners stay put

Data: Redfin analysis of parish and county records; Note: National data calculations exclude Utah and Texas as well as Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Boston due to insufficient county records; Chart: Axios Visuals

The typical New Orleans homeowner has spent 15.6 years in their home, up 40% from a decade ago, according to a recent Redfin analysis of parish records.

Why it matters: Homeowners staying put is one reason there's a shortage of houses on the market across the country, writes Axios' Sami Sparber.

State of play: Homeowners nationally are holding onto their homes nearly twice as long as they did in 2005, analysts found.

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🪰 Carlie tried to kill a fly and broke her window instead.

🥙 Chelsea enjoyed some falafel last night.

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Thanks to our editor Fadel Allassan and copy editor Carlin Becker.