Taking Walgreen's to the Sheets . . .
I took a quick trip down to South Florida this weekend (thus the lack of posts, and my unfortunate absence from the NOLA blog get-together), not for any sort of vacation, but to pick up family-heirloom furniture for my soon-to-be born New Orleans re-population effort's bedroom. The furniture has safely sat two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in my wife's grandparent's house for the past sixty years. Myself and a friend--whom I will call Red Toe-3 (its amazing what you find out about people when in a closed space for so many hours), owner of two MANMADE flood-destroyed houses in Lakeview--left on Friday morning and returned yesterday evening (Sunday) with the antique bedroom set in tow. We were gone for 72 hours and spent 26 of them in the car--nearly 16 of them on Monotony Highway, aka I-10. That's no vacation in my book.
I left my house Friday morning at 5:30am to make the 800+ mile drive. When I got the the intersection of South Carrollton and South Claiborne en route to I-10, to my astonishment were two banners (bed sheets) hanging from the awning of the graffiti/Gray Ghost-covered decaying shell of the former K&B/Rite Aid. One read: "SEVEN YEARS BLIGHT, THANKS WALGREEN'S" and the other stated: "URBAN SITE, URBAN DESIGN." I fumbled for my camera and clicked a few shots. When I got to the intersection of Earhart and South Carrollton, I glanced at the litter-covered, overgrown, now-abandoned Walgreen's there. Yet another appropriate statement: "WALGREEN'S KILLS NEIGHBORHOODS." Click.
A couple of my pictures follow. b.rox has some daytime (and better quality) shots and commentary. Be sure to check out the link he has to the National Trust information.
"SEVEN YEARS BLIGHT, THANKS WALGREEN'S" and "URBAN SITE, URBAN DESIGN." How about those pieces of hurricane-blown roof that still remain strewn in the branches of that sickly Live Oak? Pathetic.
"WALGREEN'S KILLS NEIGHBORHOODS." How about that maintenance at the shuttered Earhart Walgreen's store?
Seriously, why on earth should our city give Walgreen's "the keys" when they consistently continue to show disregard and indifference (nearly to the point of contempt) to the appearance of existing stores and properties within New Orleans?
TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Walgreens, Shelley Midura, Carrollton, Urban Planning