N/SBC: "Pave paradise, put up a parking lot......."
Fri Sep 3 22:30:09 EDT 2004
Sad, sad, sad. Especially since 99% of tourists who visit New Orleans
associate jazz with the French Quarter, having no idea that the real
cradle of jazz was more on the OTHER side of Canal Street, on those
South Rampart St blocks (and the generally most visitors nowaday only
think of, if at all, as a run-down area near the site of the
Superdome). Here's a good story about the significance of the site,
and the earlier hopes of Papa Gee --
P.W. Fenton wrote:
> At 11:21 AM 9/3/2004 -0700, New Orleans Blues Project wrote...
>> The buildings will be replaced with a parking garage adorned
>> with the facades of the demolished buildings.
> How in the world did this happen. I thought that Jerome "Papa Gee"
> Johnson, the owner of Mississippi Fried Chicken at 344 Rampart St, bought
> those buildings a couple of years ago with the intention of turning them
> into a sort of Jazz Museum. How did he lose them? I've got pictures of
> them somewhere that I took while on John McCusker's Jazz Tour. Those
> buildings were historic treasures.
> P.W. Fenton
> New Port Richey, FL
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