Jan 2, 2013

Where and when was this picture of K&B and the CBD taken?

Answer: The corner of Jena and Willow, around noon on a summer day, between 1976 and 1982.
Why? The foreground buildings were all demolished in the early 1980's to make room for expansion of Baptist (now Ochsner) Hospital.  Behind them is visible the old K&B Drugs (sold to Rite-Aid) store located at the corner of Napoleon and Claiborne Avenue, which now houses a Touro clinic.
The Hyatt Regency Hotel – completed in the mid-Seventies – can be seen in the distance, next to the Louisiana (now Mercedes-Benz) Superdome.
The photograph was taken atop the still-standing original hospital parking facility, looking ENE.

To see this location on a map, click here.

Jan 1, 2013

What happened to North Saratoga and North Liberty Streets?

In the early 1940s, Basin Street's name was changed to North Saratoga, to match its South counterpart across Canal Street. Pressure from the tourism industry led to Basin getting its mojo back in 1945.  Meanwhile, there never was a N. Liberty; the street where it would have run was called Franklin, later renamed Crozat Street.

Visit the Historic Storyville District website for more info.

This 1920 Map of the French Quarter & Central Business District shows early detail.

Look for a complete New Orleans Streets database at data.nola.gov