Squandered Heritage Vintage

Bits and Pieces of History

With all the destruction and loss in New Orleans it was nice to see these 2 pieces of History sitting next to each other in the salvage yard.

A door from C.J.Peete and a Cupboard from the Wilson School

Wilson School salvage

Hopefully they will stay here in New Orleans a find another use.

I found this tucked into one of the drawers.

Wilson School salvage

Some schools will be reduced to rubble and bits and pieces there is a lot of hope that more can be saved, Francine Stock has been doing some incredible work. Last week she and Alan from thinknola went to California to present at the Net Squared Conference. They presented a strong case for the need for meaningful citizen owned recovery mapping.

A friend of mine told me that after World War Two many towns in Germany hired City employees to photograph and record every building and created a historical archive of the rebuilding. That kind of backward looking sounds so forward thinking right now.

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Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use for Squandered Heritage. For her work with television reporter Lee Zurik exposing widespread misuse of city recovery funds — which led to guilty pleas in federal court — Gadbois won some of the highest honors in journalism, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. She can be reached at (504) 606-6013.

  • Wow, I’m not sure if the 2nd picture is more symbolic for the word itself, or because that was a key word the kids were learning to spell. Great post.

  • I thought about that..fight is such a great word.

  • Louis Aubert

    The word fight is just too appropriate to be found in the midst of such tremendous waste.