June 13, 2007

Recovery Slow in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans

POST #    2515

While the French Quarter of New Orleans mostly escaped damage from Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding that came when the levees broke, not all of New Orleans was so lucky. One of the places with the most dramatic scenes of destruction was the Lower 9th Ward. As you can see, there's still some work left to be done. Some buildings are still abandoned, awaiting demolition.

As we went through the neighborhood, we saw some demolition in progress, some reconstruction, and we could see that some people have returned to the neighborhood. One of the biggest problem the city, and its neighborhoods, faces is that so many residents have yet to return. The city's population was 484,674 before Katrina and, as of March, it was only at 56% of its pre-hurricane population. The lower 9th, it seemed, was at way less than 56% of its previous population. There are tons of empty lots, waiting for families.

I also walked into Alfred Lawless High School, an abandoned school in the ward. Being inside the school, setting foot in Ms. Tucker's bio and physiology class, was very creepy. The rust that covered everything reminded me of our trip to Alcatraz.

Posted by tien mao in Louisiana, Photos, Travel at 9:47 AM



Yea I just posted about my visit to NOLA..two years later and it looks like the hurricane just hit -shakes head-

Posted by: NeoRealist at June 13, 2007 11:27 AM

How astoundingly despicable. It's because of the fraud in which our awesome government partakes. There is no reason for it; especially with the $4 billion plus sent to help with the relief. Truly, it baffles me.

Posted by: cupcake at June 13, 2007 4:14 PM

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