Drawbridge.

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ccording to The Washington Post, The President just said that Congress had reach a bi-partisan agreement on the infrastructure bill. All I can say is that is about damn time.

If ever there was a city in need of infrastructure repair it’s New Orleans.

You are looking at one of two drawbridges that cross the Intracoastal Waterway connecting the rest of the city to the Lower 9th Ward and locations further downriver.

Look at it. At the time when I made this picture it had been painted and it’s already rusty.

There are really three points made in this picture. Both drawbridges should be replaced with something modern. The Intracoastal Waterway — known locally as MR-GO — should be closed because it brought the water from everywhere that destroyed the Lower 9th Ward.

Finally, see that concrete structure on the right side of the picture? That’s the new levee built after the old one was broken in many places allowing the water from MR-GO to food and destroyed the Lower 9th Ward.

Now, about the potholes in my street.

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nce again WordPress has made it way too hard to do anything with this block system. It will be the thing that finally drives me away.

I’m sure that I did it. At least what those fine morons at WordPress will claim.

Yes, WordPress if you are reading, I just called you morons. I’m sorry if I offend anybody with this next line, but leave the fucking thing alone.

They created some way of trapping copy with a blue box. You cannot edit anything in the box. If you hit the delete key, the paragraph is removed. The box continues to move upward deleting and deleting.

The only work around that I could figure out is to go back to a saved draft and use that.

Of course, this means all of the categories and tags are removed. If you schedule posts as I do, that is removed as well.

Moving is looking better and better.

Life is way too short.


A Central City Scene
A Central City Scene

Sometimes, I have to be very quick to point out that Hurricane Katrina didn’t do all of this. New Orleans has a lot of nicknames. One is “The City that Care Forgot.” Some of our neighborhoods were broken well before the storm arrived. They will be broken long after the city has completely recovered. It’s just how it is. I don’t care how many new techies and hipsters arrive, there are just some places in the city…

I had some great feedback and response to my enhanced flower picture. One of my old friends said that the picture reminded him of Nine Inch Nails album work. Or, David Lynch’s work. I know what Lynch’s work looks like and that’s quite a compliment. I never got into “industrial music” so I had no idea what NIN album covers looked like. I Googled around. Maybe. Maybe not. I was interested because their lead singer — well, their studio everything — Trent Reznor lived in New Orleans for a while. The graffiti about him lives on well after he left the city. There are Reznor signs everywhere. Especially in The Bywater. As I know it now, he left in about 2002. But, as I recall, he sold his house in 2012 or so. Now, he is some kind of creative director for Apple Music. Yes. He still plays his own music. I listened to some NIN. I’m still not partial to “industrial music. ”

The picture. This one could have gone either way in the Katrina series. I think, when I made it, I was starting to move on from ruins and into rebirth. But, I saw it and you know what that means. The location is near the former Calliope Projects. In that neighborhood, one block is coming back. The next, not so much. Yes. There is a huge amount of post production going on in the picture. I want the picture to feel like it did when I pressed the button.


There is still a lot to be torn down or repaired all over the city. This happens to be in the 7th ward.
There is still a lot to be torn down or repaired all over the city. This happens to be in the 7th ward.

This junk is every place in New Orleans. After all, we are the “city that care forgot.”

This just happens to be in the 7th Ward, not all that far away from yesterday’s picture. Down the street to be precise. Still located in that unforgiving neighborhood. One dusk, I’ll find enough guts to walk around there and make pictures. But, not right now. There’s been some serious gun play in this neighborhood just recently.

A few years ago, the city did some kind of count. There was about 68,000 abandoned buildings that were so derelict that they needed to be demolished. The mayor promised to take care of this problem quickly. Three years later and about half the job has been completed. That’s quite an achievement. Demolishing a building properly costs a lot of money. I think mostly what the city took down was low hanging fruit… buildings that were being demolished by neglect and were collapsing on their own. Some of this is Katrina-related. Some was well on its way to falling down well before the storm arrived.

Now the hard work starts. Either somebody buys a building and restores it, or the city tears down a building that might be viable. I’m betting that the building on the left is habitable with some hard work.

Yes, before you ask. We are helping out. We live in The Garden District, but we bought a big Victorian house in Central City. It came complete with a guy living in sort of a cave that he carved out in the middle of a building with no running water and no electricity. Most of the windows were broken or boarded up. Or, both. Even though it is a three-story building, the entire back wall was completely unattached and held in place by a tree. It’s been cleaned out and remediation has begun. The back wall has been propped up. It will eventually come down. But, on our terms.

The rats, mice and squirrels are very angry with us.