The big exhale of 10 years has arrived as New Orleanians near and far reflect on the 2005 storm season that changed us all. Personally, my experiences before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina pale in comparison to many others. My journey to now may best be summed up from the wisdom of my stepfather who told me simply to “ride the horse in the direction it’s going.” Not an easy thing to do when the unknown awaited, especially in the immediate aftermath of the devastatingly unexpected.
It was Herb Carver’s first time being the victim of a major catastrophic event and the irony of the situation was not lost to him. At the end of August 2005, Carver, along with many others living along the Gulf Coast of the United States had his life changed forever by Hurricane Katrina.
The storm, one of the fiercest hurricanes to make U.S. landfall in recent history, reformed the landscape of many lives. For Carver, the devastation and turmoil would inspire a journey with mindfulness culminating in inner peace and profound self-awareness.
A small plot of land on Constance Street in the Irish Channel long mistaken for a pocket park should be developed into single-family or double houses, not the condo building that the owner wants there, said New Orleans city planners on Tuesday.
The Isidore Newman School has completed construction on its $6.5 million new “Green Trees” early-childhood education building, and its first students arrived at the building this month.
More than 100 homes and businesses around Delachaise Street will lose power Wednesday as part of ongoing work related to the construction of the nearby drainage canals, Entergy officials said.
As she recently ended her term as president of the Climana Neighborhood Association in the Milan area, Rosalind Peychaud found herself grappling with the same issue that many neighborhood leaders do: New Orleans residents are the first ones to notice street-level problems with crime, blight, and other issues, but are often frustrated with how hard it is to get something done about it.
So, Peychaud whipped up her own solution: a grassroots campaign encouraging the use of the ubiquitous cell-phone camera for something more useful than selfies, positioning the neighborhood association as the advocate for reporting the problems captured in a photo and tracking their results.
The Ashé Cultural Arts Center will be hosting “Forum: 10 Years Later: We’re Still Recovering- Black Lives Matter” this Thursday, August 27, in order to commemorate ten years since Hurricane Katrina. The event is free to the public and will feature Alicia Garza, a coufounder of #BlackLivesMatter. The event will focus on the reform to ultimately end the school-to-prison pipeline.
We’re coming up on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in case you’ve been locked in a closet for the past few weeks and have thus been spared the maudlin, self-indulgent navel-gazing of every commentator that comes down the pike.
For some, Katrina was an opportunity seized. The guiding narrative is that of a city in decline that took advantage of adversity and emerged stronger. It’s a characterization of Katrina that’s equal parts appalling and inaccurate. We are not in a better position as entire swaths of neighborhoods lay in ruin and our population is greatly reduced.
Lusher administrators are actively negotiating with Orleans Parish School Board leaders about an upcoming reworking of the requirements of charter schools in the district, they said Saturday morning.
The Alliance Françiase is hosting a free open house this Saturday, August 22. The event will include the chance to meet Alliance Françiase native-speaking, French teachers, take a free trial class, enjoy French wine and cheese, and use an open house-only discount on Fall French classes. Attendees can also learn about new early childhood classes when they attend the event.
A late-summer evening at Patois restaurant, with the final patrons chatting with the doors open — what should have been about as close to a perfect night in New Orleans as possible — instead turned into one of Uptown’s most brazen robberies in recent memory Thursday night when three men carrying guns barged in and took valuables from the nearly 20 people inside.
Almost simultaneously, police were pursuing suspects in a series of three carjacking incidents across the Uptown area, ultimately leading to several arrests.
Nearly 150 property owners have now joined the lawsuit seeking damages from the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans related to the construction of major drainage canals through the Uptown area, while the agency is now casting blame for the problems on two of the contractors on the projects, legal documents show.
“Ten years after Katrina, the Plaintiffs are horrified to now find their homes and businesses, often newly renovated or refurbished, in the midst of another disaster,” the property owners’ attorney wrote in a recent court document. “…Delayed years beyond original dates of completion, their homes and neighborhoods are being wrecked by the project. They are being forced to live in damaged homes and pay for their own repairs, for years and years with no end in sight.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to do a better job of estimating the risks of flooding around the U.S. With the upcoming 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – much of whose destruction was caused by poorly engineered and maintained levees – we naturally think about the heavy losses to our region, what it has taken to rebuild, and all the people who died or have not been able to return.
Calhoun Street from Loyola Avenue to Willow Street will remain closed to traffic for much of Wednesday as work continues on an underground water line, according to a news release from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.