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I am a beauty-loving ambidextrous higher-order primate who learned transcendental meditation at 7, statistical analysis at 23, tap dancing at 30, and piano at 35. I tolerate gluten, lactose, and differences of opinion, but not abuse. Or beets.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

New Orleans One Year Later, Part Deux

Ah, blogger finally let me upload pics again. Please see the post below for background.

Where were we? Oh yes, the Ninth Ward. The first image below shows the top floor of a house fallen down upon the bottom floor. The second gives the overall flavor of the ward.

Of course, other areas of the city also continue to show the ill effects not only of water and wind damage but of human neglect. Ever wonder what a golf course would look like if it got the irrigation treatment of a lifetime and then went untended for a year? Here you go, straight out of Logan's Run:

Times like these show you how important human maintenance is. But a golf-course-grown-wild isn't dangerous to anybody. I found the lack of attention to certain really important elements of the city's infrastructure, such as traffic control, much more disconcerting:

Perhaps whoever wins that lottery will consider donating some back to the city.

I do want to end on a positive note. In spite of the wreckage, the hale and hardy citizens of New Orleans haven't lost their sense of humor -- or their desire to make lemonade (money) out of lemons (disaster):


Blogger mreenymo said...

K, seeing these photos just makes me mad. Do you think our so-called leaders would have let this decay go on for so long (and let's not EVEN go back to the actual disaster itself when there was virtually no evacuation plan for these poor people!) if Katrina had hit say, Manhattan or some other affluent area?

Heck no!

I never thought that something like this could actually exist in our nation, but here it is captured in your photos. This is a national disgrace!

Okay, thank you for letting me sound off. That felt good!

I am, however, happy to see that the proud citizens of New Orleans, what is left of them, have not lost their sense of humor and are soldiering on through what must be the most difficult time of their lives.


3:20 PM, August 15, 2006  
Blogger PFG said...

Thanks for posting these. They are great. I just read the AP take on the slow response, you know one of those retrospective things. It sucked, journalism wise. It's more than a little depressing. I wish this were a bigger issue for all those midterm legislators.

11:08 PM, August 19, 2006  
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