Some days nothing seems to go right, say like when your single engine aircraft makes an emergency landing on La. Hwy. 22 west of Mandeville. Then again, if you're a volunteer fire fighter called to the scene, it's a little break in the routine from fighting fires. This emergency landing took place in the early 1980's near the entrance to Beau Chene subdivision.
Not all landings were as smooth as the one above, however.
In 1985 the dozen or so blocks of "downtown Covington" were undergoing a transition. Stores were closing, buildings were going vacant, professionals were moving their offices to new one-story brick buildings on the perimeter of the city. Then something began to happen. People bought up the old downtown buildings and began renovating them. Specialty shops began moving into the vacant storefronts. Professionals began buying up the old office spaces, fixing them up, painting them, and in some cases adding architectural flourishes. Covington was being re-born. It was a difficult process to begin, and it is still ongoing today.
Here is an article I wrote about those original efforts to turn the downtown around. Click on the image to make it larger.