Round the Blogosphere 9-17-2010

Since we had a News Roundup on Monday, courtesy of W. White, today we’ll take a look around the blogosphere and news from the wider world.

One of my favorite blog series to come along in a while is Marty Kittrell’s “Sermons of Hwy 27” series last week. Check out all the posts beginning with Tuesday’s, then hitting Wednesday’s, Thursday’s, and Friday’s. As Marty notes in the first day’s post, all of us pass these kinds of signs–sometimes fading, sometimes new–on the backroads of Mississippi, and I’m glad he stopped to take pictures of these.

MDAH’s Sense of Place blog gives us a historic photograph of the Marshall County Courthouse in Holly Springs, before the wings were added in the 1920s.

Suzassippi takes on our latest controversial post about the Central Delta Academy and its demolition by doing some research on the private academy vs. public school phenomenon in Mississippi in her “Segregation in the South.”

Regional Modernism updates us on the Phyllis Wheatley School saga in New Orleans (“Fading Fast“), the Modernist school designed by architect Charles Colbert. Abandoned after Katrina, the school district seems to be on its way to getting its way to demolish the building, courtesy of FEMA’s and our tax dollars.

The Preservation Resource Center’s blog, Preservation in the Present documents the moving of 100 homes out of the footprint of the new Veteran’s Administration Hospital to take their places in other neighborhoods in New Orleans. Check out the video in the cleverly titled “Mid-City Parade of Homes.”

NPR showcases archaeology in “Archaeology: Not as dry and dusty as you think.” Wait a second, who thinks archaeology is dry and dusty?!

I enjoy reading “Cityscapes” the architectural blog of the Chicago Tribune. I thought this article “Wrigley Building high on list of landmarks that aren’t; just because it’s famous doesn’t mean it’s protected” had a good analysis of the landmark process–why some buildings get landmarked, why others don’t. The short answer is “politics.” Even though the article is about Chicago, Mississippi has some major politics of its own and some major buildings that aren’t landmarked.

TV Worth Watching ran a review of the movie adaptation of the The Fountainhead this week, making me decide to head over to TCM to watch it, but then when I checked the TCM schedule, I found that The Fountainhead is not showing this month at all. What’s up with that? And as I’ve complained before, what’s up with blogs/newspapers/and internet site that updates regularly not putting dates on their posts? Stop annoying me, people, and more importantly start leaving good documentation for future historians! What’s the world coming to?

Have a good weekend y’all and pray for rain and cooler weather, not that it will help my garden any at this point.

Categories: Courthouses, Demolition/Abandonment, Historic Preservation, Holly Springs, Modernism, Schools

3 replies

  1. Re your Wrigley Building post, I would also note that even some landmarked buildings are not being preserved according to preservation principles, but rather altered to meet political agendas. Or did I make that up?


  2. No, I suspect this happens more than people know and would account for the weird way that the Naval Reserve Center project has proceeded and has been “spun” by MDAH.


  3. Thanks for the Marty Kittrell images! My theological messaging experience this week was more … mobile. The words “Jesus Is God” and “Isaiah 45:21-23” in store-bought letters stuck on the back of a dump truck. And as for Suzasippi’s topic – well, the Natchez community still hasn’t come to terms with the fact that local Economic Development failures to court new employers might be directly tied to the existance of 4 almost exclusively white private schools and a poor-performing public school system. Unbelievable.


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