New Orleans’ Ninth Ward: Nine Years After Hurricane Katrina

Images of the Ninth Ward in New Orleans dominated the news after Hurricane Katrina hit in September 2005. hurricane katrina ninth wardKatrina detritusMany people fled the area and never came back and it was feared that the Ninth Ward might become an abandoned neighborhood.

Ninth Ward, New Orleans, January 2015

Ninth Ward, New Orleans, January 2015

The area no longer is awash in detritus, although the jungle of tall grass and debris remain.

Ninth Ward, New Orleans, January 2015

Ninth Ward, New Orleans, January 2015

Ninth Ward, New Orleans20150124_122518There are signs of a renewal, and not just in the much-publicized Make it Right enclave where prominent architects and builders helped rebuild on Brad Pitt’s investment.

New houses in New Orleans Ninth Ward

Make it Right homes in New Orleans Ninth Ward

20150124_121507The construction at Martin Luther King Charter School nears completion. 20150124_120102As does the work at the Andrew Sanchez Community Center. 20150124_123127Once these open, the hope is people will really begin to return, the roads be fixed and the empty lots transformed. 20150124_122524And come the next hurricane, the new retaining wall just might hold.20150124_123915

What’s Happened to Anderson Cooper?

I’ve liked Anderson Cooper ever since he stood outside in the hurricane winds in New Orleans; it wasn’t so much that he looked good as he was earnest. cooper050912_400Anderson Cooper has always been one for the more empathetic side of news, human interest, and he was good at that, good at sounding authoritative and in such a friendly way. pv_22970_001_0461sv_2But it seems that he’s fallen off a terrible daytime cliff these days, showing youtube clips of babies eating pickles and chatting with his co-host Snooki (of Jersey Shore infamy) about the dumbest of dumbness, including the possibility of drinking her breast milk. anderson-cooper-gifts-snooki-baby-sweet-giftIs this some kind of ethical meltdown? Or does he just need to find a good disaster to get back on track?