Earlier this year, the New Orleans City Council voted to rename Slidell Street in Old Algiers to "Red Allen Way" in honor of the well-known trumpet player and band leader, Henry “Red” Allen, who was a native of the Old Algiers community. Allen was only one of many musicians who left the community to make their way into the world of jazz in the early part of the 20th century.
French Explorers called it the “left bank,” because it was gauche as they ascended the Mississippi. Mariners later called it the “right bank,” and still do — more properly the “right descending bank.” New Orleanians in the 1800s also called it the “right bank,” as Parisians do of the Seine, else “across the river,” “over the river,” or “opposite the city.” Not until the 1900s did the vernacular converge on “West Side” and “West Bank,” the latter finally prevailing. Federal highway signs fused the words into “Westbank” so as not to imply a cardinal direction — for, as New Orleanians love to point out, the West Bank lies east of downtown, beneath the rising sun.
By Angela Colley
Renters tend to focus their energy on their tenant rights, and rightly so. But while that’s important (you certainly don’t want to be mistreated as a tenant), renters should also think about cultivating a great relationship with their landlords and neighbors. Why? Because great tenants have an upper hand when it comes to the rental process.
The Westbank is actually south of New Orleans that most people think about. Most out of town residents think of the Frech Quarter and the Garden district when they visualize New Orleans. In actuality, there are more residents who live in modern housing in Metairie, Kenner, and the Westbank (Gretna, Harvey, and Marrero).