Dispatch from the City that Care Forgot

Desperately in need of a break from it all, my friend, CrankyGirl, traveled to New Orleans this past weekend.  (By the way, it’s Miss CrankyGirl to you.) 

Cranky had a wonderful time meeting some of the city’s colorful characters but she did make this observation on the eve of the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:

“The FEMA trailers are a disaster.  They are barely trailers.  They are pop-up campers really.  New Orleans had a population of 5000,000; now it is 250,000.  Half of the retail stores on Canal St. are boarded up.  Housing is scarce and unaffordable, as are people who work in the service industry.  Drug-related crime is once again [on the rise] because drug dealers are returning and fighting over territory.

One woman told me the worst part about [Hurricane] Katrina was that most residents didn’t leave the French Quarter because it is above sea level. But after a few days, the crack, heroin, and meth addicts started roaming in like zombies from the neighboring drug-infestd neighborhoods because they hadn’t had a fix in a few days.  That didn’t really make news.

What an image though.”

Some anniversaries are meant to be mourned not celebrated.  


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