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A Long Story


Sitting, think and waiting.

Yes. It’s a long story.

The picture seems fairly simple. These two guys are waiting for Big Chief John to dress and make his appearance. That part is simple enough.

But.

Oh, you knew this was coming.

The Original Wild Tchoupitoulas were getting dressed next door. In a private home. One that was rock solid. The building next door had been falling down for years. But, gentrification is coming to Central City. It was being restored. I said to somebody at the time that now it looked like it was ready to fall down.

I was right. It did.

It fell down. The next day. On Monday. It completely collapsed, trapping three workers, and onto Washington Avenue, closing it in both directions until the debris could be cleared.

I’m trying to figure out a couple of things. It’s one of those chicken and egg things. The building was abandoned for years. For years, we sat on the stoop waiting for Second Sunday activities to start. Drummers played their drums on the porch. Brass bands practiced there. It was solid. Now with new construction and the shoring up of the foundation, the building became fragile. We all did the things that we usually did. It fell down.

Did we cause it to fall down? Was it the new construction? Was it simply the fact that it sat abandoned for so many years?  I don’t know. It’s probably our faults. Luckily, the workers who were trapped were not injured. And, the building didn’t block traffic during rush hour.

The picture. It was one those extra pictures I made during the main event. I just liked the position of the two men. I did a lot to it in post production, including adding that frame. I’m not sure if it helps or hurts.

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2 Comments

  1. Make a good enamel cigarette case cover or similar. Round here the French neglect their buildings and eventually mother nature takes them back into the earth. Its a shame, as when I think how costly homes are in UK, and these French barns cost, like ours just £15K, it makes sense to advertise them better. But the French adverse to doing up these properties so unless we Brits or the Americans come over, they eventually fall. When renovated they look fantastic. A lot of our 70’s tower blocks in London were absolute death traps. Only two years ago they finally demolished a huge estate in South London, but typically gave back to the residents a paltry compensation and then a token 12 flats for social housing whilst the rest went to rich bankers and Russians!

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    • Every place lets their buildings fall into disrepair. Around here we call it demolition by neglect. If the city can actually prove that, they’ll tear your building down for you, charge you for that and add a big fine. When I first returned after Hurricane Katrina, there were some 60,000 buildings in that condition. Some were heavily damaged by the storm. Others were falling apart long before. Today, that’s cut in half. Even when people start repairing some of them, they still fall down. London is a big expensive city. However, that means only money talks. And, that sucks.

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