|In Drehr Place. A NS alley with bamboo|
|In the same NS Utilities alley; here you see the power lines and a transformer for this block.|
Back to that lovely stand of bamboo. Bamboo grows as easily as bananas, but it wants tending to be both dense and beautiful, so I was impressed and photographed it. Then I noticed that the whole alley was lovely, and before the sun began to set I also had met the owners of the bamboo. On the way home, and that evening, I considered following the example of one of our MFAs in photography, who had worked on the alleys more than a decade ago. On the whole the alleys in Drehr Place are more carefully tended, but I think that this one is in Roseland Terrace (later I placed the locations more carefully).
|An exceptional alley, where several owners have made the EW alley a second view of their homes.|
|The NS Utilities alley from Wisteria to Government Street|
|From the N side of Myrtle Street, looking north, we see the NS utilities alley running the full length of Roseland Terrace, past Olive, Tulip, Cherokee, Oleander, Wisteria to Government Street.|
And here, six blocks to the south, is the other end of that alley. Not all alleys are paved (when the subdivision was laid out none of the streets were, either). Possibly, as in my hometown in California, curbs and gutters and paving came with the WPA. There are so many things I should look up! Even when the trees are in full leaf in the summer, you can pick out the utility lines if you know where to look, and the signs forbidding use of the alleys as thoroughfares are always present at the intersection.
I know this looks like some small town, almost bucolic, but it's only 20 city blocks from downtown, the River Road, and the Mississippi itself. Fact is, when Roseland Terrace was being built up in the 1920s, a realtor's advertisement urged all to join in hoping that Baton Rouge might reach 50,000 population by the end of the decade. And the Model T was not yet replaced by the Model A. And movies were silent. Movie crews come to us quite frequently.