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Sunday, September 30, 2012



The final round of public meetings for the Lafitte Greenway and Corridor Project will take place in October. You will be able to view and discuss the most current Greenway Master Plan and Corridor Revitalization Plan. The public has had several opportunities to provide ideas and suggestions for the development of this 3.1 linear park that will run from Armstrong Park to Canal Boulevard. This last round of meetings will be a final look at the design recommendations for the Greenway’s operation and maintenance, and a review of the revitalization policies and future implementation steps before the preparation of construction documents. These documents will then be presented to the City Planning Commission and the City Council.

Meeting dates and locations:
Tuesday, October 9
6p.m. to 8p.m. (Open House 4p.m. to 6p.m.)
Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center
2200 Lafitte Street

Thursday, October 11
6p.m. to 8p.m. (Open House 4p.m. to 6p.m.)
First Grace United Methodist Church
3401 Canal Street

For more information about the meetings call: (504) 592-1800 or email:

Saturday, September 29, 2012

8200 block of Nelson Street & Arts Market

Stephanie Bruno was in NorthWest Carrollton again.  Thanks Stephanie!

Northwest Carrollton, bounded roughly by Earhart Boulevard on the north, South Claiborne Avenue on the south, South Carrollton Avenue on the east and Leonidas Street on the west. The neighborhood is one of four Carrollton Historic District areas that converge at the intersection of Claiborne and Carrollton, the other three being Fontainebleau, Central Carrollton and Palmer Park. Northwest Carrollton is primarily residential but benefits from its proximity to commercial assets on thoroughfares such as Claiborne and Earhart Boulevard.

The area was developed in the early 1900s and showcases a variety of houses built in styles reflecting that era, especially Craftsman. When traveling through Northwest Carrollton, look for old-fashioned corner stores-turned-residences that appear every few blocks. Many still have intact awnings over the sidewalk.

THE BLOCK: The 8200 block of Nelson Street on the odd-numbered, or north, side, between Dublin Street on the east and Dante Street on the west. It's just a block from verdant Palmer Park, where the "fall kick-off" of the Arts Council's monthly Arts Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
THE HOUSES: Nine, including three large two-story houses, most of which appear to date from the early 20th century and have Craftsman styling. One is a double shotgun, but others
are bungalows.
When the Golden Rain trees start to bloom yellow, I know that autumn weather is almost here. It's been playing hide-and-seek with us for the past couple of weeks, but temperatures have already moderated to the extent that a late morning or early afternoon visit to the Arts Market of New Orleans at Palmer Park sounds inviting.
Ever curious about neighborhoods surrounding and bordering such events, I set out earlier in the week to find a good block to recommend for Street Walking en route to or after the market. The 8200 block of Nelson Street fills the bill just fine.
craftsman-details-on-nelson-streetClever Craftsman details highlight to houses on the 8200 block of Nelson Street.
Anatomy of the block
I pass up the multi-level house at the corner of Dante and Nelson in favor of the house to its right, a Craftsman bungalow in dusky shades of taupe with purpley-pink trim. The description sounds awful, but that's because I can't come up with just the right words to convey the hue of the body and trim colors. In person, the colors work very well together.
The house has an asymmetrical facade with the entry porch situated to the left and a bank of windows on the right. The front-gabled roof over the porch intersects a side-gabled roof over the main body of the house, presenting the multiple rooflines indicative of the Craftsman style. Three short, interconnected square posts rest atop brick pedestals and support the porch roof, another Craftsman configuration. Post brackets in the front gable eave, a decorative gable vent cover and exposed rafter tails under the side eaves contribute to the composition.
Two features in particular attract my attention: The low, shed-roofed dormer in the side-gabled roof and the detailing of porch posts. The profile of the dormer is so low that it looks like a sleepy eyelid with just enough energy to lift itself above the roof line. The posts impress for the horizontal wood bars pegged into them, connecting one to the other.
The house I encounter a few paces farther along is partially obscured by ebullient vegetation, but that is part of its charm. I usually complain about not being able to see the facade when unruly plants block the view, but here the peek I get at the porch detailing and gable decor gives me a satisfying taste of what the house is about (plus I am enchanted by the 12-foot-tall red hibiscus that so cheerfully complements the butter-yellow facade.)
Without trespassing, I can enjoy another variation on the theme of clustered-posts-atop-masonry-pedestals. The difference here is that the element that interconnects the three posts is at the top, rather than part way down, and cut in a distinctive stepped pattern. Details in the front-facing gable are plentiful, but easy to miss if you aren't on foot because all are painted the same color. The elaborately configured gable includes a band of stucco with applied wood timbering in the portion closest to the gable peak; lower, a band of clapboards inset with an understated rectangular gable vent, and below that a wide skirt board above the columns.
An appealing Craftsman double -- all in white -- follows, but it's in the shade so I pass it by. Then I walk past what I think is a new house and then reach a peach-colored bungalow with a low-pitched porch roof. Enough modifications have been made to the facade that I am not sure at first if the house is old or new, but a glance down each side convinces me it is the former. Like the house with the red hibiscus, this one has bamboo matting rolled up close to the porch ceiling, ready to be unfurled against the afternoon sun.
A composition in black and white awaits me as I move closer to the Dublin corner. It's a white Craftsman bungalow very similar in configuration and details to the first house I visited (check out the porch posts), but black security iron and screening conceal some of the details. That's OK; I can still appreciate the intersecting rooflines, the now-familiar interconnecting posts atop pedestals, the exposed rafter tails and the clever detailing of the gable vent.
Ah! A two-story, multi-unit Craftsman house with a bounty of details and a highly unusual configuration of entry doors! I have never, ever seen three doors quite like this: One in the center that likely leads to a stair to the second level and one on either side of it, set at an angle of about 45 degrees and offering entry to the two downstairs units. On either side of the doors on the lower level of the house are banks of four casement windows: three set flat in the plane of the facade, but one angled out to meet the edge of the entry door. So interesting!
Of course there are additional Craftsman elements to admire, including the gable-fronted roof on the right intersecting the hipped roof over the main body of the house, the exposed rafter tails in the side eaves, the exceptionally stout battered wood columns resting atop masonry pedestals. But the angled doors and windows take the prize for originality.
Life on the street
About midway through my walk, I realize that there are two men on the porch behind me when I am snapping pictures.
One sits on the steps, another in a chair, both in deep shade. We chat briefly and then I move on.
Just then a car pulls up, a man gets out and then heads toward one of the houses on the opposite side of the street from the men.
"I see ya," the man on the steps calls out.
"I hear ya," the man across the street replies, and continues on his way.
R. Stephanie Bruno can be reached at

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Dear Residents and Friends of District “A”,
I would like you to know about two ways you can be involved in how our city is working to provide recreational opportunities for all our residents through participating in upcoming public meetings about NORDC and the Lafitte Greenway Corridor. 
The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement will host 7 community meetings to present the Neighborhood Participation Plan (NPP) for the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC). These meetings are a chance for residents to give input on the NPP framework.
In an effort to produce a more citizen-driven NORDC, the Neighborhood Engagement Office and NORDC have recommended a community advisory structure known as the NORDC NPP. A structural framework was approved by the NORDC Commissioners in July. Additional input from citizens will be considered as the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office finalizes the full plan. These community meetings are an opportunity for residents who use NORDC facilities and programs to be involved in the decision making. NORDC and the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office will solicit input, suggestions, and concerns from community members.
The NORDC NPP community meetings will take place on the following dates and locations. All meetings will begin at 5:30p.m.and end at 7:00p.m. For further questions please contact NORDC at: (504) 658-7806.
The District A meeting is scheduled for October 1. Meeting dates and locations are listed below:  
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
District C
Cut-Off Recreation Center
6600 Belgrade
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
District D
St Bernard Recreation Center
1500 Lafreniere Street
Monday, October 1, 2012
District A
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Palm Drive (City Park)
Thursday, October 4, 2012
District E
All Souls Episcopal Church
5500 St. Claude Avenue
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
District C
Holy Angels Church
3500 St. Claude Ave.
Wednesday, October 16, 2012
District E
St. Maria Goretti Church
7300 Crowder Blvd
Wednesday, October 22, 2012
District B
Rosa Keller Library
4300 S. Broad Street

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Neighbor held up ~8PM 9/25/2012

Reported by neighbors in the 8200 Block of Apricot that

Doris LeBlanc was held up by a man with a rifle last night in front of her house
as she came home (I think it was around 8:00 or so). 
Not certain on the particulars, as this is second hand information.

The police were called, and we assume a report has been filed.

Be very careful when leaving or coming into your home. 
The preditors are on the lookout for an easy mark.......

Also reported on Uptown Messanger

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Quality of Life Parking Issues

Parking on Dublin for 8200 Apple

2643 Dante - vehicles consistently parked on the sidewalk. This parking issue will eventually result on significant Sewerage & Water Board problems. It took MONTHS to have the last leak in this location repaired. We are not looking for a repeat.
Dante corner Belfast IMAG1986

8341 Belfast - abandoned car parked on the sidewalk
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8401 Apricot

Leonidas @ Belfast.
Parking on the Sidewalk forces pedestrians into the street and breaks the infrastructure. We've requested that NOPD advise that parking on sidewalk is illegal.

Monday, September 24, 2012




How do I register to vote?

Apply online to register to vote or make changes to your registration by clicking here.

Apply in person to register to vote at any Registrar of Voters office or any of the following sites:

  • Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicle offices
  • Louisiana Department of Social Services offices and WIC offices, Food Stamp offices, and Medicaid offices
  • Offices serving persons with disabilities, such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living offices
  • Armed Forces Recruitment offices


Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans until October 4, 2012. Call (504) 569-9070.

Apply by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application form, completing it and returning it to your local Registrar of Voters office. Please note that the list of Registrar Offices is included on the form. You may also get the mailing address from this list of Registrar of Voters offices.

Faxed Voter Registration forms are not accepted. The Voter Registration form should be addressed and mailed or hand-delivered to the appropriate Registrar of Voters in the parish in which you are registering. DO NOT mail or otherwise send Voter Registration forms to the Secretary of State Elections Division office - deadlines requiring receipt in the registrar's office may be missed. You are to be registered 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that particular election.

You must re-register when you move to a new parish.

To qualify to register you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 17 years old but must be 18 years old prior to next election to vote
  • Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony
  • Not be under a judgement of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights
  • Reside in the state and parish in which you seek to register

Where do I go to vote?

Use the Louisiana Voter Portal to find where you vote on election day, or call your parish Registrar of Voters office. Your voter identification card received by mail lists your polling place. Please pay special attention to make sure you go to the correct polling place.

How much does it cost to register?

Nothing. Registering to vote is a right afforded to you as a United States citizen by the Constitution of the United States.

Do I have to be a resident of the state to register?

Yes. You must qualify to register with a residence address in the parish with a street or rural route address. Post office box addresses and mail center boxes do not qualify. We must know where you live so you are assigned to the proper voting precinct for election day. Displaced voters: If you were involuntarily displaced from your place of residence by the effects of a gubernatorially declared state of emergency, you may remain registered to vote at your pre-emergency residence address as long as you do NOT register to vote in another parish or state or establish a new domicile. You should provide a "mailing address," if different from your pre-emergency residence address, to your registrar of voters to remain an active voter. Also, please see the next question regarding homestead exemptions.

If I have more than one address, can I choose which address to use for registering?

Yes, unless you claim a homestead exemption. You must register to vote using your homestead exemption address. However, if you do not claim Homestead Exemption and reside at more than one place in the state with an intention to reside there indefinitely, you may register only at one of the places at which you reside. There is an exception in the law, however, for a person who resides in a nursing home or in a veterans' home. They may register and vote at the address where the nursing home or veterans' home is located, even tho they have a homestead exemption on their residence.

What do I do if my residence address, mailing address, or name has changed after I have registered to vote?

If you have moved INSIDE your parish, you should notify the Registrar of Voters office in your parish of any changes to your registration or make changes on line.

If you have moved OUTSIDE your parish, you are no longer eligible to remain registered in that parish. You must register in your new parish. Displaced voters: If you were involuntarily displaced from your place of residence by the effects of a gubernatorially declared state of emergency, you may remain registered to vote at your pre-emergency residence address as long as you do NOT register to vote in another parish or state or establish a new domicile. You should provide a "mailing address," if different from your pre-emergency residence address, to your registrar of voters to remain an active voter. Also, please see the question above regarding homestead exemptions if you have more than one address.

What do I need to bring with me to register to vote?

If registering in person at a parish Registrar of Voters office, you are required to prove age, residency, and identity. You may submit your current Louisiana driver's license, birth certificate or other documentation which reasonably and sufficiently establishes your identity, age and residency.

If registering at a mandated site, no further proof of identification is required other than whatever proof is required for services received that you have applied for. Louisiana mails a verification mailing card to verify the address you have provided when registering by mail.

Why is the residence address so important?

Your elected representatives are determined by your residence address. In order for you to vote on the correct ballot for an election, your registration must have your residence address.

Do I have to register prior to each election?

No. Once you are registered in your parish, you will remain registered unless you move from this parish, lose your civil rights, or register to vote in another state.

If I move from another parish in Louisiana, do I have to register again?

Yes. Voter registration is not transferable. You must register every time you move to a new parish in Louisiana. You will be canceled in your old parish and you will not be allowed to vote in your new parish unless and until you complete another voter registration application.

If I move out of state, do I have to cancel my Louisiana registration?

Yes, in order to register in your new state. You may not be registered in more than one state. You must send your Louisiana parish registrar a letter requesting to have your voter registration canceled.

How do I become a Louisiana resident?

While this question sounds complicated, it is really very simple. If you live in Louisiana and intend for this to be your legal residence, you are a Louisiana resident.

My children are going off to college. Where should they be registered to vote?

Students may use their home residence address within the state or their school address for voter registration purposes. Out of state students are allowed to use their school address in Louisiana if they want to be a voter in this state. If they register to vote by mail, they may vote absentee by mail by including a copy of their fee bill or student identification card with their application to vote absentee by mail.

What are the recognized political parties in the State of Louisiana?

Louisiana has five (5) recognized political parties: Democratic, Green, Libertarian, Reform, and Republican. The Green, Libertarian, and Reform parties have fulfilled all the requirements in R.S. 18:441 and are now recognized political parties.

Your party affiliation can be changed by simply sending your Registrar of Voters a written note requesting your party change (including signature), or by completing another voter registration application. You may make changes on line. All changes made 30 days prior to an election are effective for that election, otherwise the change cannot become effective until the next election.

How do I get another voter ID card?

You should contact your parish Registrar of Voters Office to request a new one.

What do I need to bring with me when I go to the polls to vote?

You will be asked for a picture identification card to vote at the polling place. This can include a Louisiana driver's license, a Louisiana Special ID card, or other generally recognized picture identification card with your name and signature. If you do not have a picture ID, you will be asked identifying questions by the poll worker and asked to sign an identification affidavit before voting.

When must I register to vote before an election?

Louisiana statutes require you to be registered 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that particular election.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

2919 Leonidas - Paternostro

House reported to NOPD for Abandoned Car and to city for Blight Assessor's WebSite indicates Owner is

2919 Leonidas

2919 Leonidas - the front door 2919 Leonidas - inside (taken through the open front door)

Pothole Killer: Missing in Action????

 Below is a photo of the rare Pothole Killer taken on September 10, 2012
As I understand it the Pothole Killer covers specific parts of its natural range based on day of the week. District A - Monday, District B - Tuesday.....

As we have very large CRATERS in the 2800 block of Dante and as this photo was taken in the 2900 block of Dante, we were hopeful that since the environment is so rich in the 2900 & 2800 blocks of Dante that the Pothole Killer would return.

But alas it has not.  The Pothole Killer did not even kill the Pothole over which the photo shows it hovering.

So we are sending communications to the City which will include a link to this picture and see if we can entice the Pothole Killer back to NorthWest Carrollton.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Lost Dog - Harper

“HARPER” – 9/17/12



4 year old 50-55 pound female German Shepherd/Chow mix. She looks like a German Shepherd with a shorter snout and a tail that curls upwards. Her fur is tan/gold with a large patch of black on her back. She is wearing a turquoise/black dog collar. Her name is "Harper." She disappeared from our house this afternoon (9/17/12) around 2-3pm. She is probably wandering around the Carrollton neighborhood near Claiborne and Broadway. She loves to chase after cats. Call 520-957-7277 or 504-717-3183 if found or seen. Thank you


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Japanese Magnolias bloom after Issac

NorthWest Carrollton with help from Hike for KaTREEna planted a number of Japanese Magnolias.

If your tree is blooming after Tropical Storm Isaac apparently you should not be surprised. Dan Gill says that this is a common occurrance"We think that the dormant buds already on the tree are triggered to bloom when the high winds remove most of the foliage."  The flowers that bloom after a hurricane are paler thant when they bloom in the spring.  But blooming after a hurricane reduces blooming in the spring.

8121-23 Apple

Vacant Lot - as a result of demolition by neglect
Authur King Chin to Keith Jones & Gail Marie Jones Richardsion $15,000

BBQ in Palmer Park - Each One, Save One

Dear Carrollton Neighbors,
Tomorrow there will be an event in Palmer Park held by Each One, Save One. You may remember they held this event last year. The bar-b-que was pretty darn good and this is a worthwhile cause. Below is information from their website. You can purchase either small or large bar-b-que plates from the different "teams" who are competing and I believe the prices vary from $4-$8 per plate-but you can verify tomorrow.
If you have any questions feel free to call their office 504 896-9979 or email

Have a great Weekend!
(From our friends in PPNA) Palmer Park Neighborhood Association

2nd Annual
Q'n for Kids
SEPTEMBER 15th, 2012
PALMER PARKCorner of Carrollton and Claiborne
With Performances by:
Kermitt Ruffins
Gina Brown
and of course,
Award-Winning BBQ andFun
for the whole family
For more information contact:

or call

504 896-9979
State Farm Insurance
Susan Price Geoghegan, Agent
(504) 883-5553

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Claiborne Traffic Advisory - for 2 YEARS!


Beginning Monday, September 17, 2012 the westbound lanes of South Claiborne Avenue will be closed between Cambronne Street in Orleans Parish and Dakin Street in Jefferson Parish.

Traffic will be detoured for the next two years to the eastbound side of South Claiborne Avenue while contractors working for the Corps of Engineers and the Sewerage and Water Board construct a new drainage canal on South Claiborne Avenue.

Ryan F. Berni
Director of Communications
Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu
City of New Orleans

Tax Assessments - Hearing Notifications

Orleans Parish Property Owners Appealing
Tax Assessments to Receive Hearing Notifications
News Release September 12, 2011

Evelyn F. Pugh
Interim Chief of Staff
New Orleans City Council
Ph: (504) 658-1082

NOLA City Council

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NEW ORLEANS, LA- September 12, 2011 - Orleans Parish property owners appealing 2013 property tax assessments will be notified by mail within seven to twenty days of their appeal hearing date. The letter, addressed to the property owner, will come from the New Orleans City Council, acting in its capacity as the Orleans Parish Board of Review.
The 2013 Property Tax Assessment Appeal Hearings will be held at the Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center at the University of New Orleans, 2045 Lakeshore Drive. The letter will include the hearing date and time and offer contact information for those seeking additional information about the tax assessment appeal process.
Property owners are advised that the most expedient and effective method to handle a disputed real estate property tax assessment is to negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution with the Assessor. Should that become impossible, state law, provides a hearing process by which property owners can appeal their property tax assessments.
To comply with state law, the appeal process must end by October 19, 2012. Following the advertisement of a Request for Proposals, the City Council selected the firm of HGI Catastrophe Services, LLC to provide recommendations to the Board of Review and assist in the processing of Orleans Parish property tax assessment appeals through the hearing process.
For the 2013 Property Tax Assessment Appeal Hearing Schedule click here. Additional information about the 2012 Property Tax Assessment Appeal Process can be found

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Bubble Gum Factory

Our House Stories asked if we had any buildings that they could do research on and we asked about our beloved Bubble Gum Factory and this is their Wonderful Response about the American Chicle Company in New Orleans which had a surprisingly brief life .  The building was constructed in 1911. At its height, the company operated factories in 10 cities and proclaimed, "It is not unusual for shipments to be made to Siberia, Alaska, Hong Kong, and the Samoan Islands."

American Chicle Company Building at corner of Fig and Dante, New Orleans, Louisiana
In the fall of 1900, the American Chicle Company announced their intentions to establish a factory in either New Orleans or Atlanta. Wishing to take direct advantage of the opportunity, a cadre of New Orleans businessmen, sponsored by the Board of Trade, dispatched a letter to the New York chewing gum concern. A Board of Trade committee made the case for New Orleans, arguing not only for the economic and geographic advantages the city offered but stating as well,
"...the unequaled advantage of her mild climate, rendering the cost of living for laborers lower, since they need less clothing, less food and slighter dwellings than in more northern cities, and the further fact that real estate is very low...combine to make this an ideal point for the manufacture of your product" [Daily Picayune, October 11, 1900].
Advertisement for Adams Pepsin Gum, an American Chicle Company product, 1917.
Advertisement for Adams Pepsin Gum, an American Chicle Company product, 1917

The wheels of industry turned slowly, however.  Despite the glowing recommendation from the Board of Trade (read: "We'll do anything...and our workers will subsist on next to nothing"), the company focused its resources on other markets before securing the benefits of the port of New Orleans.  An ad from 1912 lists the locations of six factories the company had opened since its founding in 1899.  It seems that markets in the east and midwest captured the company's attention before the south.
Another decade passed before American Chicle secured a building permit for their 3-story New Orleans factory, built at an estimated cost of $50,000 [Daily Picayune, December 3, 1910].  The factory employed 300-400 people, a number that does not include the uncounted hundreds who contributed to chicle production - from the Mexican chicleros who harvested the raw chicle, to sailors, dock workers, and draymen in New Orleans who loaded, unloaded, and transported the chicle to the factory.  The operation culminated in New Orleans in the state-of-the-art factory pictured below.
Historic photo of the American Chicle Company, 3000 Dante Street, New Orleans.  The photo comes from a 1912 advertisement for the company, touting the opening of its successful New Orleans plant in 1911.
When the factory opened for business, the community boasted, "In the building this year of the factory of the American Chicle Company, on a block of ground at Fig and Dante Streets, above Carrollton Avenue, a large institution was added to the city.  The building itself is attractive and a point of interest" [Daily Picayune, September 1, 1911].

Factory Inspectors Past and Present. From left to right: Miss Ella Haas, State Factory Inspector, Dayton, O. Miss Mary Malone, State Inspector Ten-Hour Law, Delaware. Mrs. Florence Kelley, Chief State Factory Inspector of Illinois, 1893-97. Miss Jean Gordon, Factories Inspector, Parish of New Orleans, 1908. Miss Madge Nave, Factory Inspector, Louisville, Kentucky. Mrs. Martha D. Gould, Factories Inspector, Parish of New Orleans. Location: New Orleans, Louisiana.
Orleans Parish Factory Inspector Martha D. Gould stands at far right, March 1914. Image: and
The satisfaction of business leaders filtered slowly to the workers.  According to Martha D. Gould, Orleans Parish Factories Inspector, workers at the American Chicle factory could "enjoy the noon hour with a comfortable lunch and some diversion and recreation" in the company lunchroom [Daily Picayune, September 1, 1913].  Indeed, it seems Inspector Gould took a special interest in the lot of the women and young girls who worked at American Chicle.  In the year prior, Gould arranged a dance at the American Chicle Factory attended by workers of that company and the Consumer's Biscuit Company.  The "factory dance" was "the first of its kind ever given in New Orleans and perhaps in the South" [Daily Picayune, October 6, 1912].

Business declined rapidly for the American Chicle Company in New Orleans during the years following its initial successes.  In 1914, Sentaor W.H. Thompson of Kansas included the company in a list of "628 companies which...have wiped out 9877 original companies" [Daily Picayune, September 6, 1914].  The reversal of fortunes forced the company to sell its New Orleans factory.  In February 1918, the factory sold to the Marine Paint and Varnish Company for $100,000. The new owners prospered until 1959, when the company dissolved.   The factory building itself changed very little through the years.  With the succession of owners, the interior likely saw its share of renovations while the distinctive exterior remained relatively unchanged. The photographs below, from the Charles L. Frank and Frank-Bertacci Collection of the Louisiana Digital Library show the building in the 1930s and the 1950s.  Today the building is home to the Landis Construction Company.
 Photo of the Marine Paint & Varnish Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1930s. The building was built for the American Chicle Company in 1911.
Photo of the Marine Paint & Varnish Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1930s. The building was built for the American Chicle Company in 1911. Image from Louisiana Digital Libraries.
Photo of the Marine Paint & Varnish Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1950s. The building was built for the American Chicle Company in 1911. Image from Louisiana Digital Library.
Photo of the Marine Paint & Varnish Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1950s. The building was built for the American Chicle Company in 1911. Image from Louisiana Digital Library. Image from the Louisiana Digital Library Charles L. Franck and Frank-Bertacci Collection.
Photo of the Marine Paint & Varnish Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1950s. The building was built for the American Chicle Company in 1911.
Photo of the Marine Paint & Varnish Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1950s. The building was built for the American Chicle Company in 1911. Image from Louisiana Digital Library.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Corps at it again.... what she said...


For thousands of New Orleanians, going to the Fly and the area Uptown along the levee (the "unofficial dog park") is a daily part of our lives and an integral part of what we love about living here.
Since your story broke about the Army Corps of Engineers closing this area for up to two years in order to raise the levee by 2 feet, many of us have been worried about what that will mean to the families, kids, ball players, nature lovers and animal lovers who use and love this beautiful little slice of New Orleans.
We respectfully ask that the corps make this process transparent and answer our questions: What will the project entail? Can and will they do the work in phases so that residents can continue to have at least limited access to sections, rather than fencing off the entire area at once?

Will they in fact be cutting down all the glorious old trees that line the low-lying area along the levee? What will the final transformation look like, and will it be returned to us to use and enjoy as before?

If the corps is not willing to answer these questions, we ask that our representatives demand a town hall style meeting.

We appreciate the need for greater flood protection, but given the corps' record of "one size fits all" solutions that often times has caused unnecessary and unintended harm, we ask that if there is a way of accomplishing the required goals while limiting the damage to the environment and residents' quality of life, that is the approach that should be taken.

Karen Howard
New Orleans

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mapping the Claiborne Cultural District ???

Click the link above to see what this is all about.
We haven't heard much. Just an email with a link indicating that this has been "blessed by City Hall".

There is a survey...  not sure what kind of useful statistics they will actually collect.

"Businesses that advertise, such as art galleries and restaurants, will be specifically mapped for the project from publically available resources."

Dear Cultural, Neighborhood, and Business Organizations:

You have been identified as a crucial asset to the City’s cultural communities. We ask that you send the message below to your email distribution list so that we may truly have an accurate representation of culture bearers and creators throughout New Orleans. We also are eager for your organization to participate in the C4 mapping project. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. See below for a prepared message for to send out, details on the project, and how to participate:

Here is the email:
Dear Friends, Businesses, and Organizations Working, Living and Practicing Culture in New Orleans:

The Claiborne Corridor Cultural Collaborative (C4) is a mapping project of the City of New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The map is an essential first step towards establishing a knowledge and asset-based creative place-making tool. Local Architecture and Planning firm, Perez, APC, has been hired to conduct the work.

As a member of New Orleans' formal or informal cultural community, you have a unique opportunity, through the C4 Mapping Project, to stake your ground.

Please visit the C4 website to get more information, see sample maps in-progress and – most importantly – to take a brief survey on the cultural work you do. Completing the survey will ensure your presence on the map. For those answering the survey as individuals, all responses are anonymous.

Alison Gavrell
Cultural Economy Project Coordinator
Office of the Mayor, Mitchell J. Landrieu
1340 Poydras St., Ste. 1000
New Orleans, LA 70112
P: 504-658-0907