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.
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.