Saturday, November 03, 2012

Guste High Rise


Part of the old Melpomene Projects. Most (all?) of the other high-rise projects in New Orleans have been leveled, but Guste remains (though significantly remodeled a while-back), towering over the surrounding neighborhood. It's primarily senior housing, and though it looks crisp and shiny and modern, old-school practices emanate from and carry on around it: there's an eternal gaggle of old-timers gathered on the neutral ground (a.k.a. median) in the street out front, assembled in a rag tag collection of chairs, spending their days shooting the breeze and watching the traffic go by. (Medians as informal public living rooms — does that happen other places?)

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