|Architecturally, there is nothing new or modern about Magazine St.|
and yet it remains vibrant and alive, teeming with
active shoppers, diners, employees, and residents!
Many correctly attribute New Orleans popularity and success to their love of heritage tourism and historic preservation which creates a magical atmosphere almost everywhere you look. From duplex style shotgun houses to the grandest of Queen Anne Victorians, most buildings are beautifully arranged, decorated and cared for. Even historic buildings that suffered significant damage during hurricanes are lovingly restored and brought back to life! On a single short walk one day I came across: 1. a house having tar roofing shingles removed and replaced with slate, 2. a circa 1800's ornate porch being restored and, 3. what appeared to be a dilapidated shotgun house being repaired... Amazing. (See photos below). Even with New Orleans sub-tropical, humid environment, most houses still retain their original wooden clapboard siding... Not a vinyl-sided rancher in sight!
|Victorian wraparound porch restoration|
|Double shotgun restoration. This same house in NJ would probably have been torn down years ago... sadly.|
|tar shingles to slate!|
Fabulous city + Attractive neighborhoods = More jobs
More jobs = Revenue for better city services + Better quality of life for all
Is there a message for Woodbury here? All I can say is that Broad Street prior to 1940 had buildings to rival the most expensive homes in New Orleans today; I'm talking $6 million dollar homes! Buildings in Woodbury that were torn down for gas stations, parking lots, and strip mall style development in the name of modernization and "progress," buildings that if were still standing today would go far to improve quality of life for current Woodburyians. Even though it's too late for these particular buildings, the message is to embrace the remaining examples of traditional development (the buildings that make us unique) and recognize the difference it could make for our last vestige of downtown life if we kept and restored them. Please let's not make the same mistakes today in the name of false progress for more ratables.
If you ever get a chance to visit New Orleans, you will instantly understand where I'm coming from. I highly recommend it. Until then, sit back and enjoy some photographs. Keep in mind that everything pictured here is just a block or two away from shopping, public transportation, restaurants, and workplaces; streets not unlike Broad Street potentially.
|embracing natural imperfections. this is out front of Anne Rice's|
former home, adding so much charm
|Our very own corner of Broad and Delaware, now Woodbury Crossing, |
once looked like this, balcony, doors, windows, brickwork, people and all.
|Even large banking conglomerates get the point. Here is|
Capital One's branch along St. Charles.. nice adaptive reuse!
|I love how green the city is, literally!|