We are still finalizing some of our details about who we will interview, but it is good for us to start reading up on materials. One thing we first need to consider is understanding the CULTURAL and HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY.
Here is a map that I prepared that we will discuss.
One topic that we need to understand is the building of Interstate 10 along the Claiborne Avenue thoroughfare. Here is an article you should read.
The Congress for the New Urbanism has also weighed in on the issue of its future.
The Charbonnet Funeral Home is an old business along the route. What can we tell about the community from this website? Incidentally, the business made the New York Times recently.
St. Peter Claver Church is also an important part of this community. Why did it change from being St. Ann's to St. Peter Claver in 1920?
Another important geographical fact of the neighborhood was the Old Basin or Carondelet Canal, which began to disappear in the late 1920s.
The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is also in the neighborhood at 730 Broad Street.
The Lafitte Housing Project was built across the street from Dooky Chase's in 1941. Today it has been redeveloped as something called "Faubourg Lafitte." A group has even tried to capture some of the stories from the Lafitte.
And, of course, there is Dooky Chase's Restaurant itself.