9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

In a New Orleans Advocate article last month writer Sara Sneath mentioned that “the Desire neighborhood, where Gordon Plaza is located, had the second-highest consistent rate of cancer among all Louisiana census tracts measured from 2005 to 2015.”

The residents of Gordon Plaza live in housing that was built astraddle a toxic city dump. That housing development has seen hundreds of New Orleans residents die from cancer.

In 2018 the Gordon Plaza neighborhood group filed suit against the City of New Orleans hoping to secure funds to move to a safer area of the city.

We’ll provide further coverage of this issue as warranted.

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

New Orleans had already been a city for nearly 50 years when Louis Brognier de Clouet was born in 1766. The first generation American was a land speculator of the highest order and bought a vast plantation in our city’s Upper 9th Ward – eventually subdividing the land – in 1809.

Historians believe Louisa Street is named after Clouet’s daughter Luisa. I took this photo at 9x Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s second line last year.

If you love studying the history of New Orleans please read: ‘Hope & New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names’ by Sally Asher