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People think they know what the French Quarter looks like – and, mostly they are right. It does indeed have a lot of wrought-iron balconies and bars and street performers and booze.

But, because it is a neighborhood where actual, real people live, it’s also got things like dry cleaners. And wire coat hangers.

New Orleans, Louisiana
photographed 1.8.2016

As the night exhales

…and the night exhaled into the already-humid air.

New Orleans, Louisiana
photographed 1.16.2019

Shop Window

The shop was closed when I went by, which is a shame: that assortment of things in the window was very interesting.

French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
photographed 1.16.2019

The morning alibi


Philosophically, I think taking early-morning photos of a place that’s famous for what goes on at night is similar to my usual routine of going around back.

Anyway, how fortunate was this find – the sidewalk outside a place called The Alibi getting cleaned of…whatever happened the night before?

the French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
photographed 1.8.2016

The laundry still needs to be done


Remember the other day, when I said that the behind-the-scenes things fascinated me?

Bourbon Street, in New Orleans’s French Quarter, is known for many things – bars, strip clubs, Mardi Gras shenanigans, and so on. But there’s never been a mention of Bourbon Street laundromats, as far as I know.*

So you can just imagine how happy I was when I saw this place, right there on Bourbon Street.

corner of Bourbon Street and Dumaine Street
New Orleans, Lousiana
photographed 1.8.2016

* I went to grad school in New Orleans; my degree was in urban planning with a concentration in historic preservation planning.** We did a lot of projects in the Quarter. I’d led a pretty sheltered life until then…

** No, I really don’t use that degree. Ever. But thanks for asking.

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