Robert Morris /Uptown Messenger

NEWORLEANS-- New Orleans officials levied approximately $30,000 in fines against an Uptown landlord Tuesday for code violations at 18 rental properties on some of the city's most prominent streets, in what attorneys characterized as a shift toward stronger enforcement against occupied rather than vacant buildings.

A total of 21 large houses and apartment buildings owned by Howard and Laura Russell on St. Charles Avenue, Napoleon, South Carrollton, Baronne and other major thoroughfares and the side streets near them were the subject of three hours of code-enforcement hearings Tuesday.

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