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March 12, 2008

The City That Care Forgot

Although downtown New Orleans looked normal and fun during my visit with no visible signs of post Katrina/Levee breeches to this outsider, we did take a tour of the Greater New Orleans area to the unfortunate 9th Ward area.

After the levees broke back in the summer of 2005, a total of over 1,500 people died. I swear I didn't know it was that high of a number, probably because the final numbers weren't released till way afterwards and by then it wasn't getting the same amount of coverage. This part of our tour was of course very somber, looking at miles and miles of devastation. Empty lots with just metal gates and cement slabs still remaining in empty squares of grass where homes used to stand and people lived. Graffiti markings on the still standing but ruined homes, marking the day when rescuers were finally able to search the homes for bodies or for life. Piles and piles of rubbage, toys and roofs. Terrible. I'll let our snapped photos do the rest of the talking though.





3 comments

  1. One word: heartbreaking.

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  2. That's devastating. And you're right, I think it's easy to forget when the media focus isn't on it, but for these people they have a daily reminder of the Hurricane.

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  3. What a mess. Devastation in New York or Los Angeles would never be neglected, or take so long to clean up. Discrimination is alive and well in 2008.

    durante vita

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