Color,, Photography, Pictures, Ray Laskowitz
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The Heart of Things

The Star

The star.

I’ve driven through this place many times. Often, I’ve driven in circles. I just thought that it was one of New Orleans’ many quirky neighborhoods. Turns out that it is, and it isn’t.

It’s actually very complicated.

Too complicated for me to write in a way that anybody will understand. I wouldn’t have even known about the reason for this labyrinth if I hadn’t read an article on by Tulane University Professor Richard Campanella. According to the Tulane website his, “Areas of Expertise: Gentrification, impacts of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, repopulation of New Orleans post-Katrina, New Orleans neighborhoods, physical and human geography of New Orleans, Bourbon Street.” He’s written a number of books and is pretty much the expert in all of this.

If you’d like to read the article on, go here.

Sorry. New security from Apple won’t let me just drag and drop. I had to hand type that address. With my wonderful typing skills, I may have it wrong. But, if you just go to and look for Cityscapes by Richard Campanella you should find it. It’s a weekly column.

Bottom line. It’s the heart of the 7th Ward. And, we can blame the French and how they measured things. Well, you can, But, I wouldn’t. There are a combination of styles of street grids, their original starting points, the boundaries of individually owned land and… well, a bunch of other stuff. A typical New Orleans gumbo.

That’s all I have to say.

That, and maybe I should buy a drone. These pictures would work much better if they were made from above.

Not even torn down yet.

Not even torn down yet.

Rebirth in abandonment.

Rebirth in abandonment.



  1. David Moussette says

    Ray, It seems sad that New Orleans has never recovered in the poorer neighborhoods. It will never be the same as many of the displaced people have moved away and will never return. A shame that corruption of governement has such a tragic effect on people who have little recourse but to suffer on and try to start again.

    Moose Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:45:47 +0000 To:


  2. It’s true, Dave. It all started in 1866. During the Reconstruction. You’ve lived in the South as long, or longer, than I have. You know the only war that mattered down here was The Civil War.


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