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December 26, 2010


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Avia Dimattia

It was nice to see a picture of the I. M. Causey's store (the one that is now the HQ for Teach America). I used to shop there frequently for furniture and such. They always had very unique items. I am trying to find a picture of my Father-in-Law's shoe shop that was on the corner of Terrace and Joe Delpit Drive (formerly East Blvd.). He had a very unique neon sign above the store (V Dimattia Shoe Store). If you have any pictures, I would appreciate having a copy. Would like to print out a b&w for my husband. The building has been closed for many years and I believe they have taken the sign down.

Thanks so much,

Avia Dimattia


These are infrastructure that are way forgotten. They have been an institution but due to the fast phase of time, they didn't survived. I mean, they should be given importance because memories were built in it. It has been a witness of many lives and surely this is worth to keep. Thanks a lot for posting such photos to remind us of our so-called old acquaintances. More power.


I own a shop on Highland Road at Kenilworth Parkway that used to be an old service station. I assume the building is from the 1950s, but I (or the landlord) don't have any pictures to prove it. I'd like to find a picture of what the place looked like when it was still a service station. If anyone reading this blog has any pics of this area from long ago, I'd love to see them.


I'm curious about what became of the old Greenway Billiards on Greenwell Springs road.

Here's some old footage: http://pool.bz/variety-pool-videos/3649-old-footage-greenway-billiards-baton-rouge-la-circa-1980-a.html

The place was as dank and stereotypically seedy a pool hall as one could find in Baton Rouge. It was also a place that had some of the best players in town, the state, and the whole country for that matter. I've heard that it closed down, but still sits idle out there. Would appreciate a photo or two and some info on what happened to the place if you happen to hear. Thanks.

Colleen Kane

Reggie, thanks for the tip, I will look into this! Interesting to see the old Super 8 footage, too.


The billiards hall is now a sleazy nightclub/pool hall. It might actually still be called Greenway Billiards; I'm not sure. I would not recommend visiting it or attempting to photograph it at night or by yourself - the area has become extremely dangerous. I live a few blocks away and I don't even like pulling in the parking lot to turn around! I hear gunshots from the area on a regular basis, if that tells you anything...

Vibram Five Fingers

Reggie, thanks for the tip, I will look into this! Interesting to see the old Super 8 footage, too.

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the local HQ for Teach for America

Make Roux

With regards to you post about the Bellemont Hotel (it was creepy in the 90s, BTW!)... many of us associate it with the gunning down of an infamous local character by the name of Barry Seal. Seal was a drug-runner for the Medillin cartel and had been sentenced to serving supervised probation at the Salvation Army halfway house on Airline Hwy. This light sentence was in exchange for some form of cooperation on Seal's part. I'm not sure of the additional details, as they never came to pass. Anyway, some of the hotel's coffee shop patrons witnessed Seal being shot in his car in the parking lot at the halfway house. You might considering covering it on your blog, if the site happens to be in existence today.

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I am glad it was appropriately punished. I don't work in a big agency, i am an independent, so I don't have any insight into how agencies bill, but I know how I do it, and there is no padding there, so for others to muddy that up is pretty irritating indee

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According to the lively comment thread in the post about the pink grocery, old Joe LoBianco still lived on the premises until his death in April 2009.

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Regarding the Bellmont Hotel and the Barry Seals murder: Barry Seals was shot from a balcony of The Jay Motel just north of the Salvation Army store and his murder had nothing to do with the Bellmont Hotel in any way shape or form. The Jay Motel was later sold and became The Pines Motel and has been sold again and is now operating under yet another name.

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Emily Sargent

The song has never been forgotten. It lingers to my mind when the high school party ended with this song. It was the most unforgettable yet the most dramatic time of the party.

Hannah Noel

The song, Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot, is very memorable to me. I cannot forget the song. During our high school party, a very close friend of mine died. It was due to an accident. The song marks to all of us who were there singing.


I stayed at the pines motel only to find out later it was used by the drug cartel to assassinate Barry seals.

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