Monday, December 13, 2010
HBO's Treme Filming Inside the Footprint Tomorrow
I happened upon crews hauling in debris and placing it above Outer Banks in the razed lots that used to be thick with occupied houses. Allen Boudreaux at Boudreaux's Tires, which is still operating between Tulane and Banks, tipped me off.
It's just surrealism layered upon surrealism.
Here's a shot of the debris that was moved in - there were no houses or buildings left along this portion of what used to be Palmyra between S. Rocheblave and S. Tonti as of yesterday.
James, a fixture in the neighborhood, watched from the door of Outer Banks as crews pushed dirt onto the roadway that was recently torn out.
The bar is still open.
Across the street, a few people looked on, including a man in shades and a blue scarf who, like several of the contractor staff on hand, remained silent when I asked where the debris came from.
While I'm glad that the show will have a chance to capture the reality of the devastation that's been wrought, I also think it's a little eerie. People like Deborah Brown-Cassine, from what I can tell, still live in what will presumably be the backdrop for the shot.
Additionally, I hope that none of the developing parties or contractors are making any money off the filming. If they are, they should immediately disgorge any profits for the benefit of those being displaced. Or for house moving in the LSU Footprint - where there was more "real" debris being produced today after yet another demolition: