2683 New Orleans

Originally uploaded by Karen Apricot New Orleans

Squandered Heritage,

the House on New Orleans Street,


I (jlp), am not much of a writer, or blog kind kind of person(?),

i do take a lot of photographs though, and look at more…since my work began in New Orleans

way back in the olden days of the late 70’s early 80’s, then i left.

30 years later, all i look at now are photographs of, and for me that are, New Orleans,

so i do the blog and

have thanksgiving! for all, to all of you , who have allowed me to share their work

here. kisses peace love hi to all defense in all good humour…Defend New orleans

Save Charity Hospital!-see below

L1420882qtoday i am published!,

habitus,a diaspora journal,
no.4, New Orleans


Initially I put my work here, on this space, from a 1979 architecture survey for the city of New Orleans, photographs of historic architecture, an incomplete catalog provided to the HDLC/ New Orleans, and in 1984, color work for the

Preservation Resource Center,http://www.prcno.org/

It is meant to serve as a reference for those who would continue to document and photograph and preserve their neighborhoods and historic architecture.

I can only continue to improve upon my part of the HDLC survey past, and will as long as the Noahsurvey friends I have, continue, as they do every day documenting their city. I had been gone from this place for a long time, and lost touch, and now i watch the images go by, it is as if i am taking a walk around, finding a new corner, another artist studio in the Bywater, renewal and restoratin in the Holy Cross, and the very slow pace of bureaucrats who can’t seem to make any decisions based on, not only what would be good to for the city to re-build, but what would be good for the people the neighborhoods the schools the hospitals the corner stores that are empty, what would be good for the people?

they may see it, and all i am doing is placing another platform to look at, but they also should listen..so all the post about the destruction of Charity Hospital below, by those who fight it, w/ only 29 days to go…


thanks to Karen Apricot,

and the Squandered Heritage!,www.squanderedheritage.com/

the Nolareno, who gave me all kind of ideas,

the Preservation Resource Advocacy,

the New Orleans Lady,

the SkeletonKrewe,

the Terducken,

the survey team, and the Noahsurvey, New Orleans  Architectural History, Survey group icon

the Regional Modernism,



and styborski-looking for their links now

there are a few more and all whole lot of people, see 3rd qtr, landmarks

however I am now more focused on continuing to showcase, collect and keep awareness of the struggles taking place in New Orleans with the images of those who are there , now the jlp/ New Orleans is not really mine or for me, just my collection of really good images for anyone else out there looking,

to see New Orleans now.


thanks y’all

thanksgiving, 2008
jlp/New Orleans,L1430103sqtex

in retrospect, it is not a pre conception or thought i had initially,
not a cjl moment
– but a reflection, looking back at the past , trying see the future when now does not exist, where it all started , a look for images of cool old buildings, then documentation, then new orleans, and now here i am again , in a2 at this corner, and still in New Orleans…what?
and so this is now?, so it isn’t really real, and
-but all my friends do it! 🙂
one last Happy House Thanksgiving,

San Miguel

Originally uploaded by Karen Apricot New Orleans

Squandered Heritage,
the post begins, read further on please, Karen writes,

In 1988 I moved to a small village in Mexico. The church which is located in the main square defines the town itself. It is a compass and a gathering spot and it is also the manifestation of a dream some say. The original was been built in 1683 and completed by Zeferino Gutierrez in 1880 inspired by postcards from Europe…”

further on,

“Here in New Orleans we pin our hopes on “new” and “state of the art” in the hopes that ultimately it will be our rescue..will this hospital complex be the salvation of New Orleans? Will this lift us out of our economic slump? Will it be the new “pot’s of money”; remember those, the one’s that never materialized? In order to see those cranes we were promised must we go through another season of destruction, demolition and betrayal?

“These past months as the drone of process took place many of us knew that the day would come when the decision for the LSU/VA hospital would be made public. We knew the day was coming and we knew the endless processes and procedures that took place would have little to no impact on a decision that was made outside of the realm of public input. We were entertained, we were placated and we were lied to. But in the end those decisions were not ours to make for ourselves. The public realm, the private property and the fate of a neighborhood fell to those who will not show their faces, those who seek to make careers, not communities.


Originally uploaded by New Orleans Lady

lsu do not demolish mid-city

Inspirational Vision for Old Charity Dismissed

Originally uploaded by Preservation Resource Center, Advocacy Department

Inspirational Vision for Old Charity Dismissed,

www.fhl.org/FHL/News/PresvAlerts/CharityHospi tal.shtm#VAB…

“The Foundation for Historical Louisiana (FHL) issued a statement today strongly opposing the announcement of the site selection for the new VA / LSU hospitals in a residential neighborhood of New Orleans.

“Today’s announced sites would locate the new Veteran’s Administration Hospital next to a proposed site for the LSU teaching hospital, which is not yet funded with either federal or state dollars–and is estimated to cost $1.2 billion with a six-year or more completion timeline.”

from the National Trust, today in the mail,

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Louisiana State University announced the selection of the lower Mid-City neighborhood for the site of their new hospitals.

These homes are some of the 165 family houses slated for demolition in New Orleans’ Mid-City Neighborhood under the VA’s plan.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and our partner the Foundation for Historical Louisiana view this decision as a serious error, as much better alternatives exist for these medical centers that would provide the same benefits while saving the neighborhood and reusing Charity Hospital.  The new hospitals would needlessly destroy 70 acres of the neighborhood, including 165 historic buildings where residents have been rebuilding and restoring their community since Hurricane Katrina.

The VA and LSU have other available sites nearby, yet they chose the most time-consuming, difficult, expensive and destructive route to deliver health care to the region’s veterans and a medical teaching facility to the community.

With this decision, the bulldozing of homes and businesses could start as soon as the day after Christmas.  Take action now and strongly urge the VA and the state of Louisiana to reconsider and take another look at other, less harmful alternatives on the table.”

National Trust for Historic Preservation,


National Trust, about mid-city,

www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/s ites/souther…


Originally uploaded by rosenbergs1825

McDonough school #11, an historical photograph,
an example of historic architecture deserving to be preserved and renovated, currently in good condition, and about to be destroyed by the city and administrators proposing a 2 billion dollar complex to be buillt for the VA hospital, and LSU/ Charity hospitals.

to see it current condition, scroll down,
in the meantime somebody in charge ought to read what
Donavan Rypkema
has to say about ” Place Economics”, and the value that restoration and preservation provides
in re-using , saving non energy consuming building materials, and the cultural, ecological and economic benefits of of such preservation!
see here and google “Donovan Rypkema”, to find more information, but this is a good place to start,www.placeeconomics.com/biography.html

new orleans center for health careers

Originally uploaded by anthonyturducken

2008 photograph by Anthony of the
-New Orleans Center for Health Careers,
in the lower Mid-City neighborhood that will be impacted by new development of the VA hospital,
and LSU / Charity hospital complexes

this is my photo, taken in 1979, for the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission,New Orleans 1979