The World's Best Bleeding Heart Attorney and I had the opportunity to make use of a very generous offer from a family member: use of her condo in the French Quarter. We had not been to New Orleans since May of 2000, when we went there to exchange vows and rings. In addition to having wonderful food, we did a lot of walking and a lot of driving. We wanted to visit the Lower Ninth Ward, one of the areas most hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina. Our desire to visit there was two-fold: we wanted to see how much progress had been made, and we wanted to see the neighborhood where our Older Daughter worked building houses with Habitat for Humanity over her Spring Breaks during her undergraduate career at Excellent Women's College. We have always been proud of her desire to help others, and her willingness to work hard.
What we found in the Ninth Ward was disheartening. Progress has been made, undoubtedly. Look at these houses.
But there is still SO much devastation. So many houses that are completely demolished. Where have the people gone? What happened to them, and what are their stories? And mostly, mostly...How is it possible that this kind of nightmare can take place in the United States, and almost six years later, the houses are still like this: