Functionburg vs Disfunctionburg

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An artist in the Bywater put these together pre-K. If all you can do is start bawling that ‘it’s divisive’, then you aren’t getting it. Would someone please tell me what Broadmoor is going to do with all that money? Can you count the politicos? Are they going to pump up the ground underneath the entire bowl and finally stop them from flooding? Didn’t we just spend 5 million on the drainage over there? Maybe they’ll fix Napoleon Ave. . . . again? Maybe they could get a ferris wheel . . . the possibilities are endless.

9 Comments so far

  1. Jim (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 8:49 am

    “An artist in the Bywater”

    Well, that about sums it up.


  2. Mark Folse (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 9:28 am

    I don’t want to rain on any neighborhoods parade. In a way I am glad they’ve gotten this. They’re far ahead of us all (well, ahead of Mid-City). But I question the appropriateness of the vice-chair of the LRA lobbying for specific funding for the neighborhood we grew up in. I think we should all ask Walter Issacson: where do we go to get our $5 million? Ultimately, I think this ought to be treated like the rest of LRA funding: subtract the $5 million from federal recovery money targeted to Broadmoor.


  3. Jack Ware (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 11:34 am

    I’ve said since the beginning that Broadmore got its act together so quickly beacause they collectively realize that as a neighborhood, geographically, rebuilding there is the most ignorant thinng there is. No offense to anyone in Broadmore, but it should be a park used to keep other parts of the city dry.

    It’s an ugly thing to say that a neighborhood shouldn’t rebuld and I blame the state and especially the local gov for not having the kiwi’s to make those decisions. And in fact, now a disproportionate amount of money is going to that area which in my mind is exactly the wrong approach. Sounds like somebody tryin’ to get they self investigated.


  4. Ray (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

    Other neighborhoods can’t and don’t go out and hustle private grant money?

    Somebody wants to spend $5 million rebuilding an old New Orleans neighborhood and this is a *bad* thing?

    Why do I get the feeling that if Bubba had dropped $5 mil into the Lower Nine that the artists in the Bywater wouldn’t be so goddamn whiny about it?


  5. Dan F (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 1:46 pm

    Jack is right. If we had a leader with some balls around here this kind of craziness would have been averted. A market driven rebuild huh? Well I’m a sav-a-center market kinda guy…looks like some hoods might end up being WholePayCheck Food’s kinda places.


  6. Karen (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

    Congratulations to Broadmoor and Welcome to the Neighborhoods War. The Contest has begun. If Broadmoor, one of the lowest points in the City is rebuilding then I guess it is Green Lights all over the City


  7. Chris (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

    my stance is that it doesn’t matter what neighborhood we’re talking about, if you’ve got a house on a slab and it’s below sea level, it should be bulldozed. Period. doesn’t matter how rich you are, how nice your neighborhood is, its an insurance liability for everyone. If you’ve got a slab house and you think you have the right to rebuild it at the same elevation, you’re crazy. You’re crazy and you’re probably smug and self righteous too. I think every neighborhood in this city should be rebuilt, but that doesn’t necessarily mean its buildings should.


  8. paul p (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

    See, like in my Bio, I told you those dirty Bywater pigs are plotting against us. They want to turn the whole city into a no rent commune so they can spread the joys of smelling badly yo all. Artist? Now every douchebag with a printer and Microsoft Word is an artist. They are as talentless as they are jobless. Let them have the warehouses in
    Gurt town to establish their hives of dreadlocks and patchouli. Peace out suckas, that’s how I roll. Long live the Bywater! Long live Uptown!
    Let us all embrace in the warm sunny glow of diversity. Except for dirty hippies.


  9. Joe (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

    No buildings below sea level? As in 55 perecnt of the entire city? Then I guess we won’t need fancy new levees. Why bother protecting a bunch of parks that everyone knows floods during a level 5 hurricane? Heck, why don’t we all just move to the Northshore. Or Idaho. Nothing bad ever happens there.



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