The first time I went to New orleans I was fourteen. Tennessee Williams made me take the Streetcar to Desire then sit at a table at Galatoire's. I read a lot on New Orleans since. I didn't see the pre-Katrina era of the New Orleanian landscape and never saw with my own eyes what the Storm did to the city.
I was There nine years later. Of what had happened I had studied through books and documentaries. All that I learn amazed me and disgusted me at the same time. Great city, great people, great culture... They did not get The help they needed and today they are still struggling with the remains of what we know is an "infrastructure failure".
I can't speak for the New Orleanians. I can just say that I felt something Great and Precious about New Orleans, and was mesmerized by their optimism and resilience.
More on New Orleans 10 years After Katrina :
- The Whys, Bitter Southerner | Story by Lolis Eric Elie (2015) & Photo by Greg Dupree (2005)
- Hurricane Katrina : 10 years later, Time Magazine | Edited by Olivier Laurent & Marisa Schwartz Taylor
- An Unfinished Riff : New Orleans’s Uneven Revival in Decade After Katrina, Wall Street Journal | By Leslie Eaton & Cameron McWhirter
- William Widmer Captures Life in Post-Katrina New Orleans with "My Mississippi", Vice | By William Widmer
- 10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is Far From Healed, The Atlantic | By Gillian B. White
- New Orleans' beautiful complexity was the one thing Katrina didn't wash away, The Guardian | By Amber Qureshi