Sunday, November 16, 2014

French Quarter Historic Building Collapses

New Orleans is known to all as the Big Easy
But in the French Quarter the residents are now  a little queasy
When it comes to wear and tear on structures it is the Big Hard
Age and decay due to historic site status are not barred
A 210 year old three story brick and cypress building has just collapsed into the street
Humidity, age and termites bringing it to structural defeat
Fortunately no one was injured or killed
But the Big Easy may be facing a serious safety lack of inspection will
The Vieux Carre has but one city inspector who can only look at the exterior
While the years of age make the structures in Vieux Carre wearier and wearier
Historic structures, some of the oldest in the nation, may face a lot more collapse
Failing to have an active building safety inspection department seems a serious engineering lapse
© November 16, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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