Monday, August 30, 2010

Don't Forget About The Ninth Ward Mr Obama

This sign, in the Lower Ninth Ward, is aimed at tourists who come through the neighborhood on bus tours and is meant to remind those visitors that Hurricane Katrina exacted a horrible human cost that was largely paid by residents of poor areas like this.   (Photo Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET
This is a horrible anniversary of the death and destruction of New Orleans. it still pains us deeply to see the aftermath and to know that little has been done to help those who lost the most.


This is a collection of Videos hand collected to show you the view of Post Katrina New Orleans and specifically The Ninth Ward.

Why is America Not Making Good on It's Promise

The ignored nonrecovery of New Orleans

This is a tiny piece of a wonderful post on CNET.COM click the title to read the entire piece, which is well worth it. - BGR Editor

The truth is, the Lower Ninth Ward is an unmitigated disaster area, a wasteland, a battle zone, an abandoned community, and a national shame, all rolled into one.
For block after block after block, in any direction, the area is still, even today, in ruins. No matter how much anyone wants to sugarcoat the situation on the ground here in the Big Easy, no matter how much the city wants to convince the tourists that all is well, it isn't even close to OK.
And it is far from the only district of town that is still suffering. During two days I spent driving around New Orleans as part of my Road Trip 2008 project, I saw neighborhood after neighborhood where boarded-up buildings abound, where empty lots stand out starkly between rebuilt structures, and where groups of nicely redone dwellings are across the street from shells of houses that in other cities would be seen as embarrassing blights. Here, they are business as usual nearly three years after Katrina smashed into this city.
But compared with these areas, the Lower Ninth Ward still stands out.
Click for gallery
If you've never seen anything like this, you can't really prepare for it. I'd heard people whispering that the reality here was very different than the picture being spread in the media, and I wanted to see for myself.
It was worse than I even imagined. This is a huge area that was once jammed with housing, and people. To be sure, the housing was poorly constructed and living conditions no better. Today, the dominant feature is weeds taller than most people. Buildings are few and far between.

Reconstruction and recovery? Not so much.

George Bush said that He Would Make New Orleans What it Was Before Katrina. Mr Obama claims he knows that New Orleans needs help and that he plans to do what he can - so what is he waiting on ?
The BBC Has this piece on New Orleans Post Katrina, It Is Well Worth Seeing.
yes the winds blew and the rain came down - but where is that Rock that people claim is helping New Orleans ?

Please Help Rebuild New Orleans President Obama -  NOW,

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FishHawk said...

Thinking about all of the shameful things that have been perpetrated down there makes me physically ill.

Sandee said...

Yep they voted him in and now he's not done a thing he promised. Not a thing. Situation normal. They he comes back to what? Make more promises? Yep. What a shame. :(

RE Ausetkmt said...

FishHawk, you are not alone. I still have nightmares because like you I know that some of the devastation was man made; which is worse.

RE Ausetkmt said...

Sandee you got that right. they always do alot of promising and very little delivering. sadly, we are the beneficiaries of that poor effort.