Archive for May, 2006


Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Today is National Dam Safety Awareness Day. Sadly, there is no National Levee Safety Awareness Day. Dammit.

Mid-City Needs a Plan

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

I’m going to try to articulate a few ideas knocking around in my head about the recovery of Mid-City. Remember, the City Council’s planning process is now underway, and the common wisdom seems to be that if we don’t participate, we’ll be flattened. Also, please realize that I don’t consider myself any kind of expert […]


Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Another .rox blogger: Welcome aboard to Lee, the DVD Guy who will be blogging at magic.rox.

Sinking Faster

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Well, this sucks. Scientists report that parts of New Orleans are sinking “four or five times faster than the rest of the city,” at a rate of an inch or more per year.

Nine Months Post-Katrina

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Here’s a short (two minute) video for the nine month mark. I uploaded it to both Vimeo and YouTube, so take your pick. The YouTube one was looking funny so I’m embedding Vimeo’s here, but you can access either via the links above. And just to give you more options, you can also download it […]

An Ode on Future Storms

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

If Alberto avoids us If Beryl doesn’t break us If Chris doesn’t crush us If Debby doesn’t drown us If Ernesto doesn’t exile us If Florence doesn’t flood us If Gordon doesn’t gank us If Helene doesn’t hammer us If Isaac doesn’t ice us If Joyce jogs away at the eleventh hour If Kirk doesn’t […]

How Old Is Our House Anyway?

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

When we bought our house we were told it was 80-100 years old. One of the papers says it was built in 1922, but I’m not sure I trust that. I did see an aerial photograph of the area from 1927 that appears to show our house, but it’s there’s not enough detail to make […]

Rebuilding Xavier

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Check out this presentation on the rebuilding of Xavier University (PDF, about three and half MB). Astonishing pictures of the flooded campus.


Friday, May 26th, 2006

Somehow over the course of the last month or so, my frame of mind has slipped from tightly-bridled optimism to vague worry, mild stress and general foreboding. Perhaps it’s overextended civic involvement. At first, the fact that my neighborhood organization was planning a festival seemed like a case of misplaced priorities β€” like unto Nero […]

Work Resumes

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Mark the Carpenter is back at work on our house today, after a hiatus of almost two months. Sadly, his helper Tony is not returning because of deteriorating mental health. He went off his meds and became increasingly reckless and deranged. Seems amongst other troubles he was in a car crash and the passenger was […]


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Best news I heard yesterday: People are finally starting to move into the trailer site a block from our house. The trailers have been sitting there empty for three months now. Hopefully we will have a couple hundred neighbors soon. Of course, this could create a whole host of new problems…

After Hike

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

The Second Annual Lafitte Corridor Rail Hike was a screaming success! On Sunday, May 21st, eighteen of us hiked about three miles from Armstrong Park to Canal Boulevard, right through Mid-City following the old Norfolk-Southern rail line. The Louisiana Institute of Film Technology is building a film studio on a key parcel of this land, […]

Film Studio Under Fire — Not!

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

I’m disappointed by the spin of this article in City Business β€”laf the headline in particular. “Film studio under fire”? C’mon. No one is criticizing the LIFT project. In fact, everyone I’ve talked to is pretty excited about it. What we are questioning is process by which the public land was sold.

Nagin Redux

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

My take on Mayor Nagin’s re-election? I can’t say it half as well as da po’ boy already did.

Fattening Frogs for Snakes

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

So I went to the neighborhood planning meeting for Mid-City and Gert Town Saturday morning, and was deeply disturbed by what I saw there. Something doesn’t smell right. It’s not just the lack of publicity for this particular meeting. The whole process seems suspect. The aim is to come up with a recovery plan for […]

How I’m Voting in the Runoff

Friday, May 19th, 2006

I got my sample ballot. Here’s how I plan to vote in the runoff Saturday: Clerk, Criminal District Court Nick Varrecchio, Democrat, Ballot # 21 Mayor, City of New Orleans “Mitch” Landrieu, Democrat, Ballot # 61 Councilmember(s) at Large Arnie Fielkow, Democrat, Ballot # 73 Councilmember, District B Stacy Head, Democrat, Ballot # 92 I […]

Football in the Quad

Friday, May 19th, 2006

I just saw something I’ve never seen in my seven years here at the University: students throwing a football around in the quad. It did my heart good. It almost seemed like, well, college.

Fighting Back

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

My friend Michael is fighting back. Anyone else out there in America who pays money to Big Insurance Companies β€” I hope you’re paying attention to what’s going on down here, because it’s a travesty.


Thursday, May 18th, 2006

The most radical proposal I heard at last weekend’s AIA conference: Tear down the stretch of I-10 that passes through the center of New Orleans and restore North Claiborne to its former grandeur, routing interstate traffic onto 610 instead. I’m all for it.


Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

As it develops, not only am I on the search committee to find my new boss β€” I’m the damn chair.