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aK The Architecture of New Orleans

Posted by anntn6b z6b TN (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 28, 07 at 12:13

The Gulf Coast isn't over Katrina. It probably won't be in our lifetimes. New Orleans survived Betsy, even though damage to buildings cas still being seen and repaired correctly decades later.
But the evacuation wasn't followed by return and many, many buildings are still empty.
This is the most interesting summary I've seen of what's there and what's going to survive. And the take on slab houses.
The comments at the end have the same tone that lots of NOLA chat lines. If you can get beyond the angry and frustrated words, you may see the hurt of the people.

Here is a link that might be useful: NOLA surviving

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RE: aK The Architecture of New Orleans

I was born in NOLA, moved to CA as a child. We visited NOLA often during my childhood, visiting with grandparents and a huge extended family. I have continued to go back frequently as an adult. I've always felt more at home in NO than in Los Angeles where I was raised. Around 2000 I even contemplated moving to NO.

I was in the city a week before the hurricane. I visited again in March this year. The tourist areas in the Quarter were largely intact and recovering. But it was a different story in the outlying areas. Even the Westbank area had damage that had not been repaired.

It did seem to me that the greater NO area was in decline prior to Katrina. While a couple of my cousins lived in the city prior to Katrina (one lost his Lakeside house), many have moved out of the city, others plan on leaving when their elderly parents pass. Several of my aunts and uncles have moved away - some to the north shore, others to more rural areas. It is no longer the city that my parents loved, and I doubt that it will ever will be again.


RE: aK The Architecture of New Orleans

  • Posted by taureau 8B South Louisiana (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 30, 07 at 10:05

Being a life long resident of Louisiana, I know what you're saying. I lived in Gretna for a few years and worked in and around the New Orleans area for most of my adult life; I agree with you, it's not the same place it once was.
New Orleans is a crime and drug infested city with the thugs ruling the streets. An inept mayor and DA, that can not or will not do the job they were elected to do. Thanks to them, New Orleans is the murder capital of the world, again.

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