10 October 2006

Eradicating New Orleans

Editor B's latest post really pisses me off. How in the world was this demolition allowed???? And more importantly what is going to go in its place? A weed-filled lot?

The City of New Orleans' future is tied to the preservation of what makes us different--and a leading part of that is our historic architecture. We lose that and this place truly is finished as it is one of the only things New Orleans really has in its favor over other cities. I don't care how much interior damage properties such as these have caused from the flood, caused from the terimites, or caused from years of neglect by absent white-flight leave New Orleans to die landlords--properties such as this one must be salvaged and renovated to preserve the urban fabric and keep New Orleans New Orleans.

Lakeview and Gentilly and New Orleans East are different situations than the pre-war developed portions of the city as post-war properties are architecturally expendable (no offense). A single Victorian shotgun is not expendable. Sorry. Please make this stop. Please. If this city only had a leader . . .

Check out Squandered Heritage to see a site dedicated to documenting the ongoing atrocities.

WTF is this thing?????????? There's bad--and then there's BBBBBBBBBBBAAAD. The Home Depot deluxe door is a fantastic touch. Do not issue this contractor (not going to even stoop to calling this person an architect) a building permit EVER.

TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Historic Preservation, Nagin, Demolition


At October 10, 2006 7:12 PM, Blogger bayoustjohndavid said...

If I remember correctly, that's one of the main things the people of Savannah warned us about a year ago. I'll have to see if I can find those articles.

At October 10, 2006 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude what you got against gentilly. my house was built in 1932. and there are a lot of houses around here older than mine. it's a huge and diverse neighborhood. dont paint us with such a broad brush. thanks.

signed mr sensitive. :(

At October 10, 2006 9:14 PM, Blogger Seymour D. Fair said...

mr. sensitive:

Perhaps I should have had more emphasis on pre-war versus post-war construction. Got nothing against Gentilly--I am all for Gentilly. Accept my apology por favor.


At October 10, 2006 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The HDLC should be remaned the blow stuff up committee. They're approving pretty much every demo that comes before them these days; including structurally sound buildings. Why? It's a post-K world. That's the same mind set that brought us the so called war against terrorism. I refuse to say terror: you can't fight fear itself.

At October 11, 2006 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last night, before finding the article referred in the previous post, I saw a new video-clip put together by a 15-year old girl who lives in Alabama, Ava Lowery, who first came to the attention of the Netroots at YearlyKos in June.  She started an organization called Peace Takes Courage and put up a website.  Her latest project, this video looks at the toll on the US families of sending our young people (and no longer only young people) to fight in Iraq.  Take a look.

I was struck with how like a feudal nation we've become - sending the peasants off to fight wars whose sole purpose is to provide land or resources to the very few at the top.   

At October 11, 2006 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just posted some Demo by Neglect photos as well

At October 11, 2006 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mr. sdf. thanks for letting me pick dat nit. it really chaps my ass when i read that kind of stuff in the national rags. i had to give a hard time to a local boy who i read on a regular basis say the same.

i felt pretty sure i knew where you were actually coming from but it was an easy way to point out how even our neighborhoods are diverse not just our town.

thanks for the soapbox. still a huge fan of your work in 1984 down by the river.

signed:mr. trying to be thicker skined :)

At October 12, 2006 10:35 PM, Blogger bayoustjohndavid said...

I guess thatwas people from Charleston who gave us advice based on their post-hugo experience.

At October 13, 2006 10:21 AM, Blogger DeepNOLA said...

To clarify, it is HCDRC that approves demolitions in Mid City. They rubber stamp most demolitions.


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