Back to work. Sometimes seeing these not-yet-repaired neighborhoods is a good thing. It’s a reminder. Sometimes, not so much. This set of pictures is one of the latter. It too, is a reminder.
This place is still struggling. It’s an odd side of a neighborhood called Hollygrove. It’s about as far as you can go in upriver Orleans Parish, and still be in town. A few streets further and you are in Metairie and that means Jefferson Parish. I’m not going to get into the ten years thing today, but look at this place. There are holes in some of these houses. The bottom picture shows what remains of a Katrina Cross. It’s so weather-beaten — ten years will do that — that I can’t read it. But, it told other early responders who searched the house, what they found and when they came. Sheesh, nature is taking over. Bushes are growing INSIDE the old house.
The middle picture is even more disconcerting. That is, assuming sneakers tossed over a power wire still means what it used to… those wires cross a corner. Shoes on the wires used to mean this is a drug corner. You can buy whatever you need there. Maybe street language has changed some. I doubt it. However, I didn’t see anybody hanging out. But, I wasn’t looking all that hard. They might have been looking at me and decided I didn’t look the part. You know, taking pictures and all.
This looks like one of those neighborhoods that might never come back. Supposedly, it was in pretty good shape before the storm. But… ten years. Not much progress. Not a good thing.