Saturday, September 1, 2007

Street sign of the times

Today is September Theme Day on City Daily Photo blogs. The theme for the month is "Street Signs and Street Lights." I thought this sign on Claiborne Avenue seemed to be appropriate -- it speaks to where New Orleans' spirit is.

Broadmoor is one of the neighborhoods hard hit by Hurricane Katrina. The residents there have banded together to provide a civic leaership to get past the hundreds if not thousands of issues it takes to bring a neighborhood back from rampant destruction.

It is a key signature of this recovery == neighborhood organization have assumed key leadership roles. They have become information clearing houses for people still scattered around the country and have put together work teams to lobby and conjole for actions from dozens of city, state and federal agencies. They have stood watch over hurricane protection projects to make sure their area is given its fair due.

These are far more powerful and far reaching groups that the neighorhood organizations of regular times.

The sign, then, seems to assess the mood. Though tattered, it still carries it's message of hope and determination. Similarly, the neighborhood organizations still work tireless, if some what battered by having to fight a now two-year-old battle for help that was promised when the storm was still blowing.

--steve buser

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22 comments:

Marie said...

Beutiful homage to your city, Steve. Bravo. Great photo and great post.

Julia said...

Good choice Steve. Nice photo and good narrative. Happy theme day !

Jilly said...

Heartwarming commentary and photo. Great choice for today, Steve.

Château-Gontierdailyphoto said...

Sorry if I didn't sent you comment on your pictures this week but I was five days in Alsace for a sales meeting.

Thank you for all your comments this last week.

Kate said...

I hope for the best for Broadmoor and the entire city of New Orleans.

Lothiane said...

Strong message from a city so hardly hit by diaster. I will never forget what happened!

Rambling Round said...

Keep the spirit!

Cheryl said...

What a fantastic photo and post! I just watched Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke documentary about Katrina's effect on New Orleans last night, and your blog post today made me weep, but I am so uplifted by the spirit of New Orleans. Thank you very much, Steve.

Clueless in boston said...

I agree with everything said above. Great post!

jelvistar said...

It is always refreshing to hear an insiders view of what is really going on down there. Thanks for sharing!

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Hyde DP said...

In the UK Broadmoor is the name of a prison housing some of the most dangerous and disturbed criminals.

Fortuneatly for you the name has much better connotations

Denton said...

Save the neighborhood

Very dramatic photo and explanation.

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

As jelvistar said, it's great to hear from an insider's perspective. Nice post, Steve, very touching. The photo is very nice, too.

Cheers! :)

Ming_the_Merciless said...

How poignant! I saw Ray Nagen on TV earlier this week criticizing the federal government for not doing enough for the city. The promise of billions of dollars never materialize.

I would love to, one day, go back to drink some coffee and eat begnet at Cafe du Mode and have breakfast at La Madeleine.

PaB said...

Never give up !
Warm greetings from France and thank you for your comment (I'll try to find a recipe of Dandelion Wine)

Scott said...

Perfect. And appropriate in many ways.

Jules said...

Very moving post Steve - great choice!!!

photowannabe said...

Its the people that make the city. Hope the neighborhood groups continue to bring back the life to their areas. Good post Steve.

Felicia said...

A perfect post for your city. And I do love the fact that the sign/city is still holding steady.

Lavenderlady said...

I like your post...and I particularly like the narrative.

Neva said...

Very well said and I like that this is still up.....though tattered the spirit lives on. Nicely done.

NorthBayPhoto said...

Great theme photo showing civic pride!