So here we go on another walk...around the 7th ward and into the beginnings of the Treme neighbourhood.
|What seems to be a typical duplex home in the 7th ward.|
This was along Esplanade Avenue which is the division between the 7th and 8th ward.
|This was protesting something....can't remember what...but thought it was pretty cool.|
|Another artwork of protest|
Back in the 1950's when the suburbs became THE place to live (sadly destroying inner cities) they needed a way for the almighty vehicle to transport the suburban residents home quickly. Thus was born the North Clairborne Expressway cutting through a neighbourhood described as the following: Settled in the heart of New Orleans, a once thriving commercial district filled with cafes and restaurants, grocers, music venues, and other businesses sustaining daily neighborhood activities lined the streets of North Claiborne Avenue. Giant oak trees and greenery loomed in the middle of the boulevard, creating a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, acting as a congregation center connecting one side of the town to the other. The area became so integral to the surrounding neighborhoods of Tulane/Gravier, Tremé/Lafitte and the 7th Ward that some of the earliest Mardis Gras parades ended with large celebrations up and down North Claiborne Avenue. It was the ultimate display of public space. Source: Wikpedia I have just read that there was damage sustained to the freeway bridge during Katrina and they are considering now tearing them down. Whether that will restore the area to its former glory is anyone's guess. In the meantime beautiful artwork on the pillars depicts what the area must have been like before this monstrosity cut its swath across the area.
Interesting murals on a local music venue taken from two different angles..
While staying in the 7th ward isn't for everyone I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing a local New Orleans neighbourhood.