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New Orleans 2011
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I was recently in New Orleans and I spent part of an afternoon roaming around checking out the progress of the recovering city.  I was down there about ten months after Katrina and it seemed then like nothing was going well. You could feel the effects of the disaster in every part of town, and especially in the Lower 9th Ward, the neighborhood that took the hardest beating from the failed levees.
On this trip, I saw some signs of optimism in the face of adversity.  There’s new  homes being built  in the 9th Ward by Make It Right  and Common Ground and there’s some wonderful new houses sitting on the spots that I saw completely wiped out after Katrina.
 
Deslonde Street June 2006

Deslonde Street 2011

Common Ground 2006

Common Ground 2011

Lower 9th Ward 2011

The French Quarter is back at full strength. If you like loud Journey cover bands, this is the spot.

You pay your money, you take your chances.

I was reading a book about the jazz historian Bill Russell who took recording equipment into neighborhood clubs in the 1940s.


For me, every visit to New Orleans is too short and I always meet new people that make the city the most soulful in the country. If you want to see what’s going on, and how things are looking right now in the Crescent City, you should check out L. Kasimu Harris’ website.


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