08 March 2006

structure 117

wet bank guide has written a very powerful account of the demolition of what was once someones home; now given the generic name of "Structure 117"

wet bank guide snip:
"That is what the City of New Orleans calls the first home demolished in the Lower Ninth Ward, with the clinical detachment of an oncologist pulling the sheet over his patient's head...Structure 117 will live only in the memory of the families that called it home. It is easy to imagine what they will remember of it, even if the rest of us are instructed to call it by the number on final mark it bears, the scar of a red demolition sticker, even if we have only a vague picture of the shattered frame of a wooden bungalow falling beneath the yellow claw of recovery..."
click here to read more about structure 117.