My street was one of the first subject to the new gas pipelines that Entergy is putting in. So they destroyed major portions of the sidewalk, did their business, and then repaved them.
Here in New Orleans, our links to the past are one of the things that make us different. Who doesn't love reading the tile embedded in the sidewalk in front of Ms Mae's? Or Casamento's? But with all this progress, a lot of our heritage is getting flushed down the pooper.
Case in point: on Claiborne, where it approaches Jeff Parish, some of the new street signs are green. Not blue, like they've always been outside the quarter. Green, like they were ordered from the same place every other suburban jungle orders theirs.
Green, like they have in Houston.
This just pisses me off. Yeah, charge me another 1/4 of 1% sales tax. But don't screw with what ain't broke, homes.
Case in point 2: the old sidewalk on my corner had beautiful tiles inlaid into the concrete, showing the name of the street. These are the little things that let you know that you're on a street with 100+ year old homes, not some Seaside Florida bastardization of all that is Holy in New Orleans.
Well, Entergy destroyed these, and just paved it over like we live in Sharpstown.
Here's what the old street corner (Birch and Pine, riverside downtown) looks like on the left, and here's what the new street corner (Birch and Pine, lakeside downtown) looks like on the right. You can click on the images for a larger view.
Entergy, fix it. Fix it now. You're a damned public monopoly, guaranteed to make a profit.
Make it right. It's all important.
Update: Here's Entergy's online complaint form.