February 3, 2011

The New Orleans Corner Store

If such a seamless resolution of form and use and construction is something we expect of a [building] type, then what are we to do with those crazy corner stores, corner bars, corner restaurants? Seen all over New Orleans (outside the French Quarter and the CBD), they form an easily recognizable family. Resolved, they are not.

Tim Culvahouse in an essay for the Design Observer investigates the architecture and street presence of the humble but social corner store and its role in the restoration of the city of New Orleans.

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