moments in focus…

New Orleans, after Katrina

While in New Orleans we visited the Lower 9th Ward.  Almost six years later the impact of Katrina is visible all around. Neighborhoods are no longer lined with homes side by side, today vacant lots stand between the homes that do remain.  Streets located closest to the levee (there were 53 breaches throughout greater New Orleans) are now empty fields of grass and weeds.  It was estimated that water covered 80% of New Orleans, and was up to 20 feet deep in some areas. A few blocks into the neighborhood there are houses sprinkled throughout.  Of the homes remaining, perhaps 40% are livable.  Some of the homes that do not appear to be livable show signs of tenants.  Many homes have demolition orders taped to their doors.
Although there was so much devastation, there was hope.  People walking the streets, sitting on porches and repairing their homes- saying hello and smiling all the while.  Perhaps feeling a bit safer than they ever have before in their own neighborhood.
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Below are a few pictures I took that day.
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I retrieved this from www.nola.com, just a bit of info. about population changes.

Waiting on a barge to pass before driving over the canal into the 9th Ward.

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Vacant

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The upper part is a someones name and contact info. Below that seems to be two names, both of which were lost in Iraq.

‘We want our country to love us as much as we love our country.

The strength of our country belongs to all of us.

Mr. Bush rebuild New Orleans, the Lower 9th Ward, cross the canal, Tennessee Street.

NOT IRAQ.

Tell your Senators, your Congressman.”

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Vacant

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Not Vacant

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The X-code (or Katrina Cross as refereed to by locals) used by Urban Search and Rescue teams for identification purposes.

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Fireplace and facade, still standing.

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The Good :)  http://www.makeitrightnola.org/

This is a neighborhood being rebuilt with the help of Brad Pitt an his ‘Make It Right’ foundation. Shown above is just one of the many homes that have been built.

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