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.