Two Views

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

I look to houses and buildings for signs of our progress — or lack of it. People are more important than buildings, of course, but people move around. Many people never returned to the city. Besides which, people can hide their pain. The buildings are easier to read. Five years after Katrina, we still have […]

Passable

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I commented a year ago (to the very day!) that some sidewalks around our home were impassable, some friends recommended a stroller upgrade. They didn’t understand that our stroller wasn’t the problem. The major obstacle just around the corner was Gwen’s FEMA trailer, as pictured here: I don’t think any stroller in the world could […]

My Recovery

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Here’s a draft I’m submitting to the Data News Weekly (The People’s Paper) for their upcoming Katrina anniversary issue. I think this is about twice as long as what they asked for when they approached me, so this will probably see some serious pruning by the time it hits print.

All-Star Recovery

Monday, February 18th, 2008

I notice I haven’t been writing about issues in the recovery of New Orleans nearly as much lately. That’s because my primary mission here is to write about what’s going on in my life, and my life has been more preoccupied by personal issues lately. Nevertheless, I try to keep tabs on what’s going down […]

Mention

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Doesn’t it seem ridiculous that our collective mood should rise and fall based on what this guy says in his speech? Tonight, the armies of compassion continue the march to a new day in the Gulf Coast. America honors the strength and resilience of the people of this region. We reaffirm our pledge to help […]

How?

Friday, January 4th, 2008

How can this occur a full five months after this? (Thanks, BSJD)

Dawn on Blakely

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

My neighbor Dawn posted some invective on New Orleans recovery czar Ed Blakely that caught my attention.

Trick-or-Treat Count

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

We had about 16 trick-or-treaters pass by our home in Mid-City tonight, up from ten last year and zero the year before that.

Two Years

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

So where are we in the recovery of New Orleans, two years after the great disaster? It’s been slow going, that’s for sure. I expected that. It’s killing people in less fortunate circumstances, but personally I can survive the slow pace of recovery — as long as I can see some progress being made. But […]

Breakfast

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Uptick

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

I’m not sure why, but there seems to be a real uptick in activity in our area lately. People are renovating flooded properties or demolishing and building anew. For a while there it seemed that progress had ground to a halt. But now it seems to be lurching forward again. Slowly, slowly to be sure. […]

Some Houses in the 3000 Block of Bienville

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

If you want to live just around the corner from yours truly, consider this freshly renovated shotgun double in the 3000 block of Bienville. Live on one side, rent out the other! I have no idea what it’s like inside, but the paint job is pretty nice. It’s listed for $175,000. Call Luke Jones at […]

Maybe

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Some days I feel pretty gloomy about the way things are going in my little area of Mid-City. But on other days I feel much more optimistic. Today is one of those better days. For one thing, Charles is coming back. ACORN gutted his house today, and he’s doing right by Road Home. He’s going […]

New Home Movies from the Lower 9th Ward

Monday, May 28th, 2007

I got a call a couple weeks ago from Tavis Smiley’s people. They wanted me to promote a television show on my blog. I’ve heard about this as the latest marketing trend, and I’m not sure what to think of it. On the one hand, I like to preserve this space as a place to […]

Roofers

Monday, May 14th, 2007

I passed by PJ & Andrea’s old house in Broadmoor to see if it had been demolished yet. I was surprised to see roofers at work. It’s sad that PJ & Andrea aren’t here, but I’ve had a year and half or so to get used to that fact. They recently bought a house in […]

Framing the Issues on Our Terms

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Last night we had our Mid-City Recovery Action Meeting, as we do on the first Monday of every month. We’d been planning since last week to address the designs that Victory Real Estate Investments, LLC, appears to have on twenty acres of Mid-City. What we hadn’t anticipated was Saturday’s front page story in the Times-Picayune. […]

Bleak and Bleaker

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Two articles grabbed my attention this morning: New Orleans since the storm: An American travesty by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Feeding 18,000 Families Each Month in One Neighborhood in New Orleans: The Right to Return Eighteen Months after Katrina by Bill Quigley Reading these makes me sad and angry. The mainstream media is bleak enough, but these […]

Chaotic

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Xy and I went to see the Knights of Chaos last night. Schroeder’s posted a couple of pictures. It was a good satirical parade that made fun of all our so-called leaders. Last year, I wasn’t really feeling the Carnival spirit until I saw Chaos and Muses. This year, not so much. For one thing, […]

How to Help?

Monday, February 5th, 2007

I got a message a few days ago from a prof at a Big State University. (No, not my alma mater.) I’m sharing it here in edited form: I have been following your blog since Katrina… I use your blog and videos to talk to students in a preservice technology education course about the power […]

Confessions of a Bewildered Cynic

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

I wanted to put down some thoughts on Monday’s Senate field hearing, something beyond the raw notes I posted, but I’m finding no clarity. On the most fundamental level, I’m simply unsure what I witnessed Monday morning. I saw powerful politicians in nice suits. They said a lot of things that sounded very reasonable. But […]