Tree Blessing

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Nov. 16, 2013: I officiated a civic tree-blessing ceremony on the bayou. We had a real-live fire dancer and Big Chief David Montana led us in singing “Indian Red.” Still can’t believe this really happened. It seems remarkable that someone like me, without any relevant credential, would be invited to do something like this. Many […]

Saving Grace

Monday, December 12th, 2011

It’s come to my attention that the Episcopal Diocese is planning to close Grace Episcopal Church on Canal Street in the first Sunday in January. This would be a major blow in my opinion. Below is a letter to the bishop urging him to reconsider this decision. Though sent on behalf of my role in […]

Electric Morning

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Some mornings the journey to the workplace is a boring old slog. But not usually, not for me. I try to make a point to stay alert to the world around me. I am usually on bike or foot, which is an advantage. Also, I live in the visually rich and colorful city of New […]

Mid-City Market

Friday, June 10th, 2011

There is an unfortunate pattern which sometimes emerges in local reportage, wherein community groups are incorrectly depicted as opposed to economic development. In reality, most community groups merely want to be engaged in the development process to ensure the highest quality outcome. I’ve seen it happen before, and so I get a little nervous sometimes. […]

Krewe of Palmyra

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Yesterday afternoon I heard the sound of a brass band. I stuck my head outside and saw the Krewe of Palmyra coming down Alexander to make a stop at Banks Street Bar. I thought I’d seen it all. I thought I knew what was going on in my neighborhood, at least, but I guess New […]

House Next Door

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

I don’t believe I’ve mentioned it, but the house next door to ours was finally purchased. I believe it went for around $40K after sitting on the market for a year. The initial price was twice that. It needs a lot of work, which is underway. The new owner’s intention is to renovate and sell. […]


Monday, April 4th, 2011

Here’s a little neighborhood detail I recently noticed. The posts surrounding the yard of an old house on Banks Street are the same as a single post near the front gate of Cypress Grove Cemetery on Canal Street. I guess it’s just a case of a product being purchased from the same source, but still […]

Fixed Vote = No Vote

Friday, February 11th, 2011

This sign is on a house on Canal Street. I’m not sure but I strongly suspect this may have been placed by a guy calling himself shaman_nation who popped up on the Mid-City discussion group and started posting the most inane conspiracy drivel I’ve ever read. He’d post some links and then add: But, I’m […]

Recreating a Moment

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

As previously mentioned, HBO’s Treme is recreating the 2007 March for Survival. I’m trying to “drum up” some support for recreating the Mid-City contingent. In particular I’m hoping someone with a snare drum turns out. As you can see in the photo below, the Mid-City contingent included a snare drum in honor of Dinerral Shavers. […]

My Favorite Mug

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

This is my favorite coffee cup. I like the neoclassical architectural detail, which of course can still be seen at 3625 Canal Street. I believe Citywide Mortgage is defunct. Out of idle curiosity, I did a quick net search while drinking my coffee this morning and turned up the following…

Mid-City New Year Ritual

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

For what it’s worth (probably not much) ever since my daughter was born we’ve approached the New Year a little differently. The new year just before she was born happened to be the last time the bonfire on Orleans Avenue raged in all its wild untamed glory. After that the bonfire was tamed and then […]

Santa Muerte

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

I recently noticed a small backyard shrine in my neighborhood. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it at first. I thought maybe it was related to Vodou or Santeria. Then, last weekend, I noticed the owner had put up a sign (English and Spanish) saying “Welcome to the Shrine of Santa Muerte.” The […]

Virginia Lazarus

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

On Friday, with a little time to kill, my daughter and I stopped by one of the many cemeteries clustered in our neighborhood. I’d been in this one before, but I came through a different gate, so I had never seen the name “Dispersed of Judah.” I hadn’t noticed it was a Jewish cemetery, though […]

Dear Mr. Marcello

Friday, October 1st, 2010

1025 Bienville St Suite 5 New Orleans LA 70112 Dear Mr. Marcello, My wife and I recently purchased a house nearby, and we have been very happy to see the renovation activity at 4337-4339 Banks Street. In fact, I supported the zoning change you recently sought for that property, though some of my neighbors did […]

Bike Cart

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

I’ve seen this guy around town for years. He’s made a cart out of two bicycles for hauling junk around. For some reason whenever I see this contraption I feel like I’m on some small island in the Caribbean. I’m frankly awestruck by his ingenuity.

Comiskey Shot

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Now that school’s back in session and my daughter’s back in daycare, I’m back to riding on the Jeff Davis bike path each morning on my way to work. That takes me past Comiskey Park and a sad tableau of signage for a community center that never materialized. I thought to myself a couple times […]

Street Flood Panorama

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

We got some heavy rain Sunday morning. It caused widespread street flooding throughout New Orleans. I know our street certainly flooded. I used the panorama feature of our new camera to take this picture. Of course it is better viewed at a larger size. You may even want to examine the original full size photo, […]

Offerings to the Frog God

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

There’s a house in our neighborhood with a large frog sculpture mounted to the exterior, such that it appears to be climbing up the side of the house. When we pass by my daughter likes to point the frog out, wave, say “ribbit,” etc. (Imagine my surprise when I learned the house and, presumably, the […]

Spontaneous Public Sculpture

Monday, March 1st, 2010

This sculpture mysteriously appeared on the Lafitte Corridor last week, just in time for the Urban Pathways conference tour. I was surprised and touched. It’s worth nothing that Friends of Lafitte Corridor did not solicit or commission this sculpture, though in retrospect I’m pretty sure I know who made it. It is, quite simply, yet […]

Samedi Blues

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Baron Samedi (encre et crayons de couleurs) by Cecily Devil / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Looking back, I realize we had only four Samedi Gras parties at our old house. It seems like more, because we lived there for seven years. Plus, we always did it up big. A keg of beer. Serious home-cooked food — […]