Frequent NCR contributor and New Orleans resident Jason Berry offered his thoughts on the city's post-Katrina revival for two publications this weekend.
In the Canadian paper The Globe and Mail, Berry spoke of the divide between the burgeoning of culture and the failure of politics Katrina brought to the city.
From the piece:
From a pre-storm population of 457,000, New Orleans is smaller by 100,000. The city was 67-per-cent African-American; today that figure is about 61 per cent. Roughly a third of the population lived in poverty before Katrina and now, despite a smaller human footprint, poverty and crime still run deep.
The flood hit hardest in downriver neighbourhoods like the Lower Ninth Ward, which today has pockets of recovery amid a ghost town of empty houses. The brightest spot is a cluster of pastel homes, solar powered and of cutting-edge architectural design, sponsored by Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation. A movie star did more to rebuild the Big Nine than city hall.