Walking the Streets of New Orleans- Let us not abandon it
New Orleans is currently in the midst of some grand parties celebrating Mardi Gras. Then again when is New Orleans not caught up in a party? The city is always so alive and vibrant despite its past and continuing hardships. Wandering about New Orleans, away from the French Quarter, you see another face to the Big Easy city. You see a face that is at times sad and at times despondent, feeling abandoned. Yet the people that walk these despondent streets have a strong core that builds up a resilient frame.
I will always love this city. I have written many odes to it and I am sure I will write many more.
As I walked the streets I heard within my veins cries of the still abandoned-at-times city .
Again, let us not forget this beautiful uniquely American city. It may put on a Happy face, but it is still hurting.
The walls of the abandoned buildings throughout the city are speaking to us all. They want us to feel the love and the sorrow. They want us to truly understand.
Inspired by the weekly photo challenge of abandoned
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New Orleans one of those tragic scenarios that we need never let it happen again but it will, it will..
Sadly, yes, i agree
I love New Orleans. I am from “her” neighbor, her sister if you will . . . Slidell; right across Lake Pontchartrain. Like many people I lost my home in Hurricane Katrina. But I find my heart growing heavy. Nearly eleven years later; we are still showing the scars. Homes and businesses stand wrecked and closed. Many streets are (still) dotted with boarded-up shotgun homes and cottages.
Where are those promises of “mixed income” communities? Yes, the housing projects are gone . . . replaced with lovely Creole-inspired and modernized shotgun condo’s. But how can anyone
earning below $2,000 (after taxes) afford a $950 a month ($500 deposit) one room apartment? Why
are those living “well”, and owning rental properties not encouraged to participate in Tax Credit programs? Loving this city and ALL of its people are not the issue . . . expressing the love in a moral and tangible way . . . is.
As I said before, I love New Orleans. I hope and “pray” that I have the privilege of seeing true growth and redevelopment happen, throughout the entire city.
Ah. Yes, I’m familiar with slidell. Definitely much still needs to be done in new orleans. It is such a lovely place and I hope for the best