Dim Lights, Thick Smoke

With his friend, a jealous monk.


here’s a story behind every door, but I don’t know what they are. A good guess is that this place received some of Hurricane Katrina’s flood waters, but not that much because a lot of Central City is above sea level which makes it that last great ungentrified piece of land in the city.

There was talk a few years ago of Central City being developed fairly quickly because parts of it are near to the train station and The Super Dome. Prime land you know. Unless you count a couple of restaurants and a failed grocery story-cafe complex not much has happened.

That’s how it should be.

Between storms and gentrification in every other neighborhood of the city this is the only place where original dwellers can continue to live. In a time when social aid & pleasure clubs have to drive from places way upriver in order to participate in their former neighborhood’s second lines that’s saying something.

How long this will last is anybody’s guess.

If I had any brains at all, I’d buy this house, restore it and lease back to someone who lives in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, tracking down the owner, or owner’s survivors or worse — looking through tax rolls, or deeds — is a big undertaking. I did that once. Of course, in that neighborhood the original deeds were written in French. I don’t think Central City, let alone this building, is that old.

Of course, I think of all this just as we are getting ready to pull out and leave the city. Unlike the post-Katrina years, we aren’t thinking of coming back. Hurricanes, potholes, shooting and car hijackings be damned. It’s time.



4 responses to “Dim Lights, Thick Smoke”

  1. sloppy buddhist Avatar

    It’s a fascinating history Ray one that is always curious to me albeit travelling around my own province here in Alberta also seeing an erasure of stories of the railway and farming the land…nice picture 💚🍁🍂☺️sending you joy💫hugs hedy

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I am always just guessing. A lot of people gave up after the trauma of Katrina, and again 16 years to the day, with Ida. But, I don’t know why they gave up. Did someone pass? Did somebody say, “enough,” as we did after Ida? Or, was it something else. Thank you. Peace, Ray


  2. Debra Avatar

    The challenges in many cities are overwhelming, but I think New Orleans has had more than most of us can really imagine. I wish you well as you prepare to move forward. You have really brought the charms and the struggles of the city to us for such a long time now, and I appreciate all you’ve shared.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. People talk about us being resilient. I’ve had enough of resiliency for one life.


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