Under the provisions of the city's Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, changes in zoning districts are presented first to the City Planning Commission which makes a recommendation to the City Council. It is up to the Council to make the final decision on whether or not to allow the zoning change sought by the petitioner(s). Proponents and opponents of pending zoning changes may present evidence in support of their positions; sometimes that evidence includes photographs of the existing conditions on and a round the property under consideration.
The images comprising this month's Gallery were selected from the City Council's zoning docket files. Some of them depict properties that are no longer standing or that have been significantly altered. Others show the continuity of land use in the areas represented. They all help us to remember how New Orleans "looked" during the late 1950s and early 1960s--a time that seems even farther away in time than the thirty-something years that have elapsed since these photographs were taken.