Help Christopher Porche West Save the “Bank of Soul”

Please Act and Forward to Your Fellow New Orleanians

Honorable Councilpersons:
District “C” James Carter
At-Large – President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson
At Large – Vice President Arnie Fielkow

Save the BANK OF SOUL
A Public Improvement on the Right-of Way
Corner of Louisa and Burgundy Streets

The ‘Bank of Soul’ is an attempt to both fix a disregarded and damaged sidewalk in the Bywater and also acknowledges the historical and cultural legacies of our New Orleans. It was prompted by a response to an upcoming citywide art event, Prospect 1. Using historical materials, the corner has been transformed from a ditch of broken concrete and gravel nearly 8 inches deep to an environmental cultural icon complete with handicap access and allowing for safe passage with multi-directional pedestrian use. The symbolism in this treatment is ‘artistic’ yet functional with careful concern for safety and restoration. At the same time as a public installation depicts an honest representation of our shared cultural uniqueness and is truly sympathetic to our struggles to rebuilt and recharge the beauty of our city. As this installation is new I have received great support from many neighbors who have approved of its design and professional execution. It has been navigated by our police officers, postal workers and elderly and all have mentioned that it is a fresh and worthy addition to the landscape here in Bywater. Obviously anything new doesn’t go without controversy or criticism and with added measured of protection (installation of a long gone traffic sign) and improved visibility (empowering an existing high intensity lighting fixture) the site could be improved with regard to safety and usability.

The ‘Bank of Soul’ is meant to be a temporary solution to a widespread problem in our city – the streets and sidewalks all over the city are battered and in need of repair. I ask that you create an ordinance which allows for it to stay in place thru January 18. 2009 when the national and international art community visit this site and many areas around the city. Please support the pride in our city as keeping the ‘Bank of Soul’ captures the strength, joy and resilience that sustain New Orleans and her people and her timeless indestructible spirit.

Respectfully yours,

Christopher Porché West
3201 Burgundy Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
504.947-3880

Your Help is Needed As the Public Works Department Has Scheduled to Remove it Next Week!

Show there is community support by e-mailing our elected officials:
JCarter@cityofno.com
bclarkson@cityofno.com
AFielkow@cityofno.com