Mid-City

Offerings to the Frog God

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

Spontaneous Public Sculpture

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.

Samedi Blues

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

Overheard at the Playground

Yesterday afternoon I stopped by the playground on the Jeff Davis neutral ground with my daughter. We approached Serpent Mound at the same time as a trio of kids in elementary school uniforms. I noticed the youngest child, a girl with a withered arm, was crying. I asked if she

Tale of a Burned Out Car

Here’s something I observed a few weeks ago, but am only finding time to write about now. On Monday, October 26, as I took my daughter to daycare in the morning, I encountered a burned-out car on Cleveland near South Salcedo Street. I used to see burned-out cars on the

Using Flickr for Neighborhood Activism

Some of my neighbors have been bickering, er, I mean debating about Comiskey Park here in Mid-City. The basketball goals that used to be there were taken down when an television production company made plans to rebuild the park for a reality show. That didn’t pan out in the long

Moved

With help from over twenty friends and neighbors we knocked our move out in just over four and a half hours. I’m still totally amazed by that. It must be a new world record. Many thanks to everyone who lent a hand. So now we are in our new house

Creep Factor

Here’s a nasty tale of corporate intrigue. First, check out this editorial from the Urban Conservancy about the Walgreens which is being built at Carrollton and Canal. I used to serve on the board of the Urban Conservancy, as well as Mid-City Neighborhood Organization; I was contacted for input on

Date Nite

Last night for the first time ever we left our daughter with a babysitter and had a fun night out on the town. Actually it was a double date. We went over to Sue and Steve’s house just as the babysitter Althea arrived. (Not to be confused with my former

A Pile of Frustrations

It’s been three weeks since the Lutheran Invasion, but there’s still a pile of four-year-old flooded junk in front of the house next door. Don’t blame the Lutherans for this mess. Blame the Preservation Resource Center. Blame Operation Comeback. I was so excited when my neighbor donated his house to

Lutheran Invasion

There’s some 37,000 Lutheran kids volunteering in the city of New Orleans this summer. I was surprised to discover approximately half of them working next door Saturday morning. I think they were mostly from New Jersey. Their project: gutting Craig’s house. Craig was our next door neighbor, but he’s now

Close Encounter

I had just dropped Xy & Persephone off at the house of some friends and run a few errands. I stopped back at the house to take care of a few things. I was surprised to find a cop car parked in the middle of the street and an officer

Testify

My neighborhood organization alerted me to the fact that a bunch of properties in Mid-City were coming up for code enforcement hearings. I noticed that 3016 Bienville was on the list. (I wrote a letter to Code Enforcement about this property back in April.) My neighborhood organization further advised me

Welcome Home

When we got back from our trip Sunday, one of the first things I noticed was that damn canister is still sitting there next to the curb just a few feet from our house. The canister doesn’t directly impinge upon us, but it kind of junks up the area. I

Hair Ideas

We were sad to see a bank repo underway at the corner of N. Rendon and Iberville. That’s the site of Hair Ideas, where I sometimes got my hair cut. I forget the name of the lady who was the proprietor. I think she also owned the building, which contains

Getting My Stripes

After many phone calls and much wheedling, pleading and cajoling, it appears I’m getting my stripes. Those are pedestrian crosswalk-style stripes to mark the Jeff Davis bike path as it crosses Tulane Avenue. Since they were resurfacing Tulane Avenue (and Airline Highway) it seemed like a good time. The idea

Mid-City Community Garden

My neighborhood is still capable of surprising me every now and again. Such was the case yesterday when we stopped by the Mid-City Community Garden for the first time. Amazing! Here in the shadow of Tulane Avenue are colorful raised beds full of beautiful vegetables. We were there for a

Dear Mr. Carrere

Dear Mr. Carrere, Your name was given to me as a good person to contact in Code Enforcement for the City of New Orleans. Unfortunately a number of homes in my immediate neighborhood remain hazardous eyesores that have not been properly remediated since the floods of 2005. Today I am

Pho Bo to Go

I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday because I was sick. I’m feeling better now, but I was down with some kind of bug for about a day and a half. It was pretty low-grade, with nausea and fatigue as the only symptoms. I missed some work, but still

At the Meeting

Here we go again, I thought, as I sat down at the MCNO meeting last night. Once again New Orleanians are being asked to engage the planning process. But, in fairness, this time is different. This is for the New Orleans Master Plan, which will have the force of law.

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