19 October 2009

Do you know what it means…

…to miss New Orleans? I'm learning. Some friends and I just returned from a week there, helping rebuild homes, documenting people's struggles and triumphs, and building friendships through opportunities provided by the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. For some in our group this was their eighth trip. The painting above boards up a window in a church in the Lower 9th Ward. That neighborhood now has more sharp new homes (like the one below) built by Brad Pitt's Make It Right foundation than we saw there a year ago. But that's just one neighborhood. There's plenty of progress in the city, but much to be done. If you go, don't miss beignets at Café du Monde and zydeco at the new Rock n Bowl. This is still New Orleans, merci!

For background: Times-Picayune archive or
Greater New Orlenas Community Data Center  http://www.nola.com/katrina   http://www.gnocdc.org/

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