Now turn the corner North to Evergreen Drive
I promised not to study any more bungalows. These are not new kinds, though no two are quite alike, especially after nearly a century, but they are not part of Zadok Realty's planned tracts, beginning with Roseland Terrace, yet they are very much related to those on the south side of Government Street (and some also to the northern half of Beauregard Town).
When I saw what we have here I took a few pictures, but I don't need to discuss them in detail, beyond observing that some are more faithful to their origins (if only because they have been restored more recently: they are well informed).
How shall I put it? I came to Louisiana unaware of and blind to racial distinctions of any kind (from Berkeley, CA). Only in the last five years and thanks to my looking more closely at 1920s bungalows, after my colleagues had told me that I must not look at houses in some blocks (else I'd own a house of my own in these blocks, just west of the main High School) did I form the habits usual here. Now, thanks to one of the nation's best mayors and many other fine citizens, and to living and going where I please (provided it isn't a flood-prone "bottom") can I be interested in the integrated development of the town. Also, I don't know, I cannot tell, what 'community' now enjoys the Magnet High School as its own.
I should point out, what I haven't studied yet, that the slash of the Interstate Freeway, N-S, I-110, may have been really divisive. And Evergreen Drive is one of several streets that run uninterrupted from Government Street to North Blvd, by which you can go directly west, all the way to the Old Capitol and the River. I first saw this continuity in several of the bungalows preserved on S. 19th St., just north of the new Dufrocq Elementary (as previously the old one of 1906, abandoned to dilapidation). Now, I think, the reversal of dilapidation is replacing the race to Ranch-style NASCAR-land (probably an unjust designation).
In any case, easy-going Louisiana is a pleasure to those who love the America of their parents, parents who bought their first homes in the 1920s.
The photos taken yesterday specially for this essay: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/102498681030579488308/albums/5969242511079001185
|Evergreen starting from Government, opposite Drehr Place, and running north to North Blvd.|
|Evergreen between Louisiana and Spain, south towards the big garage of the house with the façade heading the previous Post, showing its biggest palm, the rear of its square façade, and its two chimneys|
|Some of you may have seen me last week daftly call a banana limp from freezing a 'bamboo' instead! Well, here's a very fine stand of ornamental banana, and like all the others that suffer when we have a hard freeze this one will survive, too.|