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The Arabi District

St Bernard Parish, Louisiana

In the local vernacular:

‘da Parish’

Immediately south and east of NOLA by way of Route 46.

Much to St Bernard: a place of varied people, culture and places,  Arabi is just the start, the beginning.

In the Arabi district the color and flavor of New Orleans’ French Quarter easily flows into St Bernard.

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A walk down the well policed Angela Street produced lots of interactions with the local residents and lots of exposure to local homes, local ‘color’ & local architecture.daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6882 daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6888 daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6897

Note the terra cotta roof ridge tiles and decorative ridge caps.

No one could tell me what the decorative pieces were called: one guy said that in his youth he and his pals called them ‘duck tails’. daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6900 daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6903 daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6904 daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6909

Deep skinny lots that went back forever; laid out back in the day of frontage taxes. Some homes had a second story out back, known as a ‘camelback’.daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6913 daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6914

A few shots on Friscoville Street.daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6923 daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6924 daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6931daparish-01.31.2014-6Y9A6932

Past St Bernard Parish posts:

St Bernard Parish Potpourri

Los Islenos ~ St Bernard Parish, Louisiana

St Bernard Levee System

Delacroix Island Blue Crab Fishery

1 Feb 2014

Delacroix Island Blue Crab Fishery

Blue Crabs

Caught, sorted, iced, packed and shipped out of  the open-air facility that is Tino Mosen’s Seafood of  Delacroix, Louisiana.

Destined for the seafood restaurant trade of Baltimore, Maryland in a day or two.

America, appreciate your blue crab feast.  Lots of labor, effort and resources go into putting that dish on the restaurant table.

Boats, big and small, traps and bait, skyrocketing fuel, time, long days, backbreaking work, effort and skill: two or three men.

Unloading, icing, sorting and grading, packing, cooling, packing, stacking and loading by order and then the paperwork: two men.

Loading and trucking, at least twice, skyrocketing fuel again: Louisiana to Maryland. The fish market in Baltimore. Into the seafood chef’s kitchen  and on to your palate.

Once shrimp season comes round  this cycle will happen all over again in the evening; daylight for crabs and night time for shrimp.

Delacroix Island, Louisiana, south and east of New Orleans. Now below the flood-wall, along the bayou where it looks and feels like the land ought to be covered by water every now and then.

Washed and scrubbed by the Gulf every now and then. Not if but when.

Prior to Katrina a couple hundred families lived and worked the water out of Delacroix.

Now …  maybe twenty full time families in Delacroix and everybody else that returned to work the water after the Katrina diaspora lives on the other side of the Caenarvon-Verret flood-wall.

Is the fishery rebounding or has it been knocked out by the double whammy of Katrina and the BP Spill?

Thank You : Russell Pratt & Phil Morales of  Tino Mones’ Seafoods

7 Mar 2012