Scenic USA - Louisiana
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North Claiborne Avenue
|Photo by Donna Langley
Once a thriving community in the heart of New Orleans, Tremé residents were proud of their section of the city. The centerline of North Claiborne Avenue was adorned with large, graceful oaks. Old timers recall a friendly atmosphere, with a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and plenty of Louisiana jazz. As with most urban centers, signs of age and decline began to set in after World War II. The final blow began with a proposal of Interstate 10, destined to roll over Tremé, right into the French Quarter. The Claiborne Avenue citizens lacked the political might as those in the French Quarter, and soon the overhead expressway left the neighborhood in its dark shadows. Oak trees were removed, nearly 500 homes razed, and soon after completion businesses began closing up for good.
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