Signs of the Times, Part II

March 6, 2010

Abandoned house and overgrown gasses

(C) Copyright 2008 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

 The return trip to New Orleans in December, 2008 revealed that much, but certainly not all, of the destroyed housing in the Lower 9th Ward present in January had been removed. 

Stairs surrounded by overgrown grasses

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 In their place were vacant lots or bare foundations or stairs leading to air.  Nature was at work re-claiming the ground…  

Sign advertising grass cutting services

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 …which provided additional economic opportunities. 

One big difference from January to December was more construction and activity in the Lower 9.  Brad Pitt’s Make It Right project had completed several houses and families had moved in.  Other residents were at work rebuilding; supply trucks were carrying in materials; and dump trucks were carrying out debris. 

Lower 9th Ward Roots Run Deep sign

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 And, ultimately, it is the people who make up a community.  As someone who has moved multiple times during his life, I do not feel a strong attachment to any particular geographic location.  Generations of families have lived in the Lower 9th Ward and, to them, this is truly home. 

Lower 9 Bible quote Restoration

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 Which certainly speaks to the resilience of some. 

Take care.

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