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Here’s another little local quiz. I was impressed that one reader, Puddinhead, got the last one so we’ll give it another shot. You probably know what big box store is going in this desolate space at Claiborne and Clio but my question to you is, what used to be there? What was the last functioning business there? Whomever gets this will get a gift card to their favorite hardware establishment . . . the picture on the right being your only clue.

27 Comments so far

  1. termite (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 8:05 am


  2. Ray (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 8:46 am

    Dat was where dey make the mynez for dem delicious Time Saver poor boys.

  3. Jack Ware (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 8:51 am

    Is that where City Hall was before the storm? I wish New Orleans had a City Hall. Oh well, it isn’t like we don’t have a Stooperdome!

    Go Saints (fucking losers)

  4. Chris Martel (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 9:11 am

    wasn’t it just a giant scrapyard / junkyard?

  5. termite (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 9:17 am


    i think i have it..

    Al Scrumuza! yep! i’m certain of it! ;D

  6. mike (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    Piston Ring Service owned by Joe Grass was one business located there. They did engine machine work.

  7. Karen (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 10:26 am

    I think it was the Post Katrina Weight Watchers weigh in Center.

  8. Dan F (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 10:58 am

    Was that where the pumps that turned out not to work located?

  9. rcs (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 12:40 pm

    wasn’t it just a giant scrapyard / junkyard?

    Yeah, Uptown Recycling was there for a long time, wasn’t it? There were some small buildings on the block but for the life of me I have no idea what they housed.

  10. Paul p (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    I believe it was the site of the Ancient Tchoupitalas Indian Village, just up the way was the burial grounds where they built the Dome. It was also where Bayou Poydras met Bayou Metairie. Oh, I’m pretty sure it was where Celestine Ozbourne had the first Chicken and Waffles restaurant in the city.

  11. Laurie (unregistered) on October 30th, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

    No, it’s where God told “Chicken Man” to eat chicken every day for the rest of his life. R.I.P.


  12. MindyMoo (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

    What big box store is going to be here? (I must have missed this important piece of news). Wait, it’s probably going to be a Home Depot or a Lowe’s, right? That’s probably a good guess…

  13. Laurie (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

    I put Claiborne and Clio in the engine here’s what popped up.


  14. Laureen (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

    Our very own Chris Martel gets the win on this one being the closest and earliest response. RCS was close. Uptown Scrap is still nearby on Claiborne, doing a brisk business.

    This exact space was the previous location of LEVY Scrapyard. I was fortunate enough to be invited on the roof to take this photo by Ralph, the man who owns Color Photolab over there who has occupied that site for about 20-30 years and gave me a debriefing.

    A Home Depot is being built here with parking on the Magnolia street side of the parcel. The only remnants of the scrapyard left when I took these photos were two industrial type scales, a strange cityscape. On my last check, they had been removed.

    Thanks for the enthusiastic response, y’all !

  15. Ray (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 5:56 am

    I thought you meant the business before the scrapyard.

    Are we mourning the loss of our historic scrapyards now?

    Fucking big box developers will stop at nothing!

  16. Laureen (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 8:48 am

    There is no temperment of mourning. If you you’ll re-read the post, you see that there is no mourning.
    I was just wondering how many people knew that it was the Levy’s who had owned it, they being a prominent New Orleans family. Any box store is better than a scrapyard. But the scales were really cool. What’s is with the flipping out? There’s too much anger in this town. I do hope whatever it is making you hate your life gets better.

  17. Ray (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 9:18 am

    Honey, that’s not flipping out. You’ll know when I flip out.

    I was honestly curious. I have this weird memory gap about the city since I grew up here, then went away for a long time, and then moved back after the storm. So I look at something like a scrapyard and I can’t remember? Has it always been a scrapyard? Was it a scrapyard when I was a kid, or did it become a scrapyard in the past 20 years, or did people just start dumping shit there after the storm? And when I see a scrapyard of dubious (in my mind) history, and then one day I look and even the scrapyard is gone, I have to wonder how much of this city I am just imagining.

    I have the same problems with the riverfront, and the warehouse district. So many things are different now and I can’t remember when they changed, because I wasn’t here when they changed. Did you always have to do that weird left-and-then-right turn on Tchoupitoulas where the Wal-Mart is now? Was the whole riverfront always walled off from sight down there? I don’t remember it that way, but I don’t know when it changed. I can’t even find where The Warehouse used to be any more.

    I grew up on the Westbank and half the time I can’t even figure out how to get over there because the freeways are all different now. It was simpler before there were two bridges.

    I’m glad we’re getting a Home Depot. Sometimes Harry’s Ace doesn’t do it for me and I’m sick of taking my tax dollars to Metairie.

  18. Laureen (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 9:25 am

    I too, am really tired of sending tax dollars to J-P. Yesterday, I could not find a compact flash for my camera in the parish! I went to Walgreens who often has them, sold out. Then Office Depot on St. Charles, also sold out. I was quite disgusted. Going to Metairie or Westbank also wastes my time, the most valuable thing of all.
    Very glad you’re not flipping out. Thanks for the response.

  19. termite (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 10:18 am

    i understand EXACTLY the cofusion over the Riverfront & Warehouse district. it has changed so much over the years.. it’s strange.. i’m all turned around. but i will have to admit – it all is much better then when i was growing up.

    i think the *biggest* changes took place in the 90’s for the most part.

  20. termite (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 10:20 am

    oh, btw Laureen – this was fun.

    truth is, i hadn’t a freakin’ clue what was there before! ;/

  21. Ray (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

    Yeah, I like having the aquarium and Woldenberg Park and all that stuff. But a little of me misses the old industrial feel of the place. We used to take the ferry over from Algiers and walk to the Quarter when I was a teenager, and you could either walk way out of your way by going up to N. Peters, or you could walk the short way by hiking over railroad tracks and between boxcars and shit. Either way it was always a lonely walk because there was no reason for anybody to be down at that end of Canal Street unless they just got off the ferry or unless there was a hot rod car show at the Rivergate. The tourist beat stopped at the Marriott.

    I drove down past the convention center the other night to drop somebody off at work at Harrah’s, and when we drove past the Wyndham I yelled, “Holy shit, what the fuck is that?” The scale of the thing was really surprising to

    And I still don’t know what the fuck is up with Tchoupitoulas down there. I need to find one of my old 80’s maps.

  22. Laurie (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

    Alright Ray, this’s all your fault I surfed around for

    the big ugly thing and ended up here!


  23. Laurie (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 4:45 pm

    You have to hit the for the page to load.

  24. termite (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

    way cool, Laurie.. thanks. ;>

  25. Laurie (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 10:16 pm

    You’ll have to thank Ray for gettin’ me to put Tchoupitoulas in the search engine!


  26. Jonah (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 7:05 am

    For those not wanting to send tax revenue to JP, remember, there’s already a Home Depot on Carrollton as well as a Lowe’s on Elysian Fields.

    It’s actually kind of surprising that Home Depot is opening a second Orleans location. Now, if we could just get a decent grocery store in proximity to downtown…

  27. CopCop (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 6:01 am

    Laurie, my Dad established the company, Primary Color Lab with Ralph (I don’t know if you met the elder Ralph or his son the day you took your pics from the rooftop of Primary). My Sister gave me the URL to your blogsite. I love it and will check in often. I see one of our friends, Mindy Moo, is one of your contributors. Please visit our website, Mr. Lake Forums at and feel free to join in anytime!


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