But nothing seemed to happen.
I’m talking about the infamous grocery at 3126 Bienville, just around the corner from our house. It was flooded in 2005 and never cleaned up. It was overrun by rats.
Despite all my bellyaching, nothing seemed to happen with the store.
Scratch that, actually something did happen: Somebody tagged it with this cool graffiti.
That apparently was the straw that broke the camel’s back. A blatant health hazard is one thing, but artsy graffiti? That cannot be tolerated. So finally, this past weekend, a crew materialized and tore it down.
I’m not one to cheer demolitions as a rule, but it was about freakin’ time this thing came down. It’s been almost three years since the flood. Of course, by now even the rats had gotten bored and moved on.
I talked to the crew. They said this took two or three times longer than normal because it was such a mess. And it didn’t smell pretty either.
Good riddance! Now I wonder how long we’ll be looking at that vacant concrete slab?
Clearly, the moral of this story is that when you want to call attention to a problem in New Orleans, you should paint big flying purple vampire lips on it.