Over the last several months, I’ve interviewed over four dozen people who live in the neighborhoods along both sides of St. Claude Avenue. I’ve asked folks to share stories of their neighborhood, what it’s like now, how it’s changed, and how they feel about those changes. These voices will become part of a radio documentary, Along Saint Claude, airing soon on WWNO, our local NPR station.
Voices heard, in order, are: Joanne Livicarri Ciutat, Daniel Eaglin, Augusta and Robert Elmwood, John Andrews, Ronald McClain, Elizabeth Elmwood, Dave Melerine, Kym Valene, Roy Markey, John Armant, Dan Lauricella, Susan Brady.
I’m a writer, educator, audio documentarian, and radio producer. My stories regularly air locally on WWNO and WWOZ, as well as nationally on a host of public radio programs. I co-authored the book Preservation Hall and produced a companion series of audio documentaries currently on exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum at the Old US Mint.
I’ve lived in Downtown New Orleans going on seven years, and I’ve been amazed by the changes I see happening around me. I hear people talking about these changes all the time, and I wanted to listen more closely to what different people think and feel about our community’s past, present, and future.
— Eve Abrams