Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Calling all Metairie preservationists
USACE wants to let us know
that there's a meeting tomorrow night. What's it about?
The Corps is hosting a public meeting to discuss the possible impacts and mitigation measures that may be taken to build risk reduction measures at the south shore of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
Impacts? In Metairie? On what?
Construction of a concrete T-wall and ramp on the south shore of the Causeway would result in adverse effects to historic properties including the Causeway and southern Toll Plaza, a canopy with the original “Lake Pontchartrain Causeway” sign, a toll-takers booth, and administrative buildings.
A toll plaza?!? USACE has to have a meeting on the "impacts" on a lame toll booth
canopy? Are you serious? Is Metairie so bereft of culture and history that their community elders wish to preserve a hideous toll booth?
I mean, look at the "iconic" toll plaza "landmark"
and the amazing aesthetic quality of its original[!] lettering. Driving over the Causeway Bridge, did you ever give the structure a second thought*? One time I did, and the thought was this: why the hell is this fugly nuisance still here?
The current plan is to spend $300,000 tax dollars to "mitigate" the "loss" of this "iconic" p.o.s. eyesore.
Labels: ACoE, flood protection, Misc, Roads
I think it's purty.
Anywoo, this is the problem with aesthetic restrictions -- eye of the beholder and all that.
Definitely not worth $300k to remedy.
I have a collection of these forking Flash Ads the Corps passes off all over nola.com as Mandated PSAs for these meetings... through their PR firm The Girls of OPP, at a whopping $3500/mo contract. You see them all over nola.com 24/7 rotation, often on the editorial page. Exclusive to Nola.com, believe me I have researched it.
These bitches... we are paying for these meetings. They are designed and facilitated by a Public Relations Firm for Christ Sake. Real Honest To God Cool Aid Partays.
I know that Ad Budget is just a drop in the canal compared with the $350,000,000 they just asce'fucked us on with those Bad Outfall Pumps.
But even now I find myself stunned by their gall and hubris, an almost Victorian disregard for the Will of the People.
Just for shits'n'giggles I invite any oncology pathologist to view New Orleans via Satelite imagery. Tell me I'm not seeing unchecked replication, especially in Metarie?
Thanks Big Molluski for staying on this.
We got you hangin.
Amen, oyster. When the biggest "cultural" attraction in Metairie is Copeland's home Christmas lights display, I think it's fair to say that, yes, Metairie IS so bereft of culture and history.