New Orleans – A Few Weeks Later

Like a moth to a flame. I kept going back. At first, every week or so. I had to know what would become of a once vibrant neighborhood of blue-collar people. While it is true that many people lost their lives out here, many more didn’t. It is still sacred ground. It always will be.Continue reading “New Orleans – A Few Weeks Later”


This is just a little study I made about rebirth. It was a church. It’s about to be a restaurant and cocktail lounge. This neighborhood was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It’s coming back very nicely, even if some of the buildings aren’t coming back exactly as their original architects and builders intended.Continue reading “Changes”

Holy Cross. The Other Side.

The President came yesterday. Yes. Barack Obama. The President of The United States. He visited the Lower 9th Ward, Treme, The Lafitte Housing Projects and Willie Mae’s Scotch House. The last stop was for lunch. I didn’t photograph him. Been there. Done that. I’d rather continue documenting what I see. And, trying to explain whatContinue reading “Holy Cross. The Other Side.”


Iberville Housing Projects. They were built in 1940 as part of the Wagner Act,  a Federal plan to subsidize housing for  low-income families. They were low-rise, built of brick in the super block configurations that were considered attractive and modern in their time. By the 1970s most of them had deteriorated to the point where theyContinue reading “Iberville”


Yes. Ten years. Some buildings are still in a state of limbo. I don’t know everybody’s story. I can’t possibly know. But, when I stumble across a house that I can actually enter without breaking into it, I like to explore. Even though it’s pretty obvious what I’m looking at, often I don’t know why I’m lookingContinue reading “Bittersweet”

Katrina Recovery

The Green Mile. Well, actually it’s 2.6 miles long. It stretches from the French Quarter to Mid-City. It opened last spring, but it’s a work in progress. It’s about rebirth. It’s about diversity. It’s about development. Users commute to work. Commute to school. To make groceries. There’s space to play. There’s a football field. BaseballContinue reading “Katrina Recovery”

Rebuilding. Katrina Stories. Five.

This Katrina recovery story is harder to tell. From two perspectives. First, there is my current view. I can hardly wait until the 10 year anniversary media coverage comes to and end. I don’t know any local person who is in a good mood. We are all grumpy. I don’t think it helps to knowContinue reading “Rebuilding. Katrina Stories. Five.”

Back on the Case

Okay. So, I started back to work on my original long form project. I read something in some local neighborhood newspaper that scared me, so I got back to it. What did I read, you may be wondering? In a nutshell, that by the end of this year — 2014 — most of Oretha CastleContinue reading “Back on the Case”

The Things I Saw…

… mean a lot. Okay. I borrowed that line from a Neil Young song called, “Fork in the Road.” It’s an angry song. He wrote it at the depth of the recession. It’s worth listening to. It’s what I was listening to when I drove through as much of The lower Ninth Ward as IContinue reading “The Things I Saw…”

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