Thursday, May 28, 2009
Some signs of life and death in New Orleans
Views observed while scouting for the JCCA Maccabi Artsfest this summer; driven around town by fellow artist-in-residence and NOLA native, Hannah Chalew.
Learn more about Hannah at: http://www.jccmaccabiartsfest.org/?pageid=YMV3260
A grand city... dripping with history, a spicy gumbo of heritages, and richly-lived culture. Love it.
FYI: the "Death Area" sign is in the smoking court of a drug-rehab clinic in the Lower Ninth Ward. The minister who runs the facility has put it up to remind smokers of what they are doing to themselves.
It was really quite bracing to come upon this until I learned what it was for - it's in a very rough part of the city.