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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 can this occur a full five months after this? (Thanks, BSJD)
My neighbor Dawn posted some invective on New Orleans recovery czar Ed Blakely that caught my attention.
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.
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]