Stars, Stripes & Red Tape

Many New Orleanians are feeling less patriotic these days after the experience of navigating government red tape to access any resources for rebuilding after the storm.

Trailers, Parked

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Five years after Katrina, some families still live in trailers with the hope of rehabilitating their homes one day.

The Magnolia, Abandoned

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Originally built in 1941 and expanded in 1955, much of the Magnolia Projects sat vacant and in disrepair before Hurricane Katrina dealt a final blow. 

The Magnolia, Clouded

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The Magnolia, like all public housing in New Orleans, was shut down after the storm, feeding accusations that officials didn't want the poor to return. 

The Magnolia, Reborn

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The Magnolia has been transformed into a 460-unit mixed-income development billed as Harmony Oaks.

Call Me Harmony Oaks

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Harmony Oaks boasts a lower density, ample green space and design with traditional New Orleans architectural elements.

No Sign of Progress

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Developers face a tough challenge building in neighborhoods surrounded by blight.

Can Old and New Coexist?

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Throughout the city, new modern designs are popping up — often clashing with the appeal of traditional New Orleans architecture.

The New Treme

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A modern home in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, focus of the HBO TV show by the same name.

A Lonely Levee

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A rebuilt levee wall stands prominently over a field of green that once was filled with houses in the Lower Ninth Ward.

Homeless, Not Sleepless

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The homeless population in New Orleans has more than doubled since Hurricane Katrina.

Empty Shelter

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Many of the homeless have sought refuge in some of the 50,000 vacant and blighted properties throughout the city. 

Old St. Bernard

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After the storm, the St. Bernard housing project sat vacant while redevelopment plans were debated.

New St. Bernard

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The barrack-style public housing complex has been replaced with a vibrant mixed-income community.

The New and the Old

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Newly built apartment buildings are sprouting up in the shadows of the former Columbia Parc public housing development.

Fitting In

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The new mixed-income development captures many traditional New Orleans architectural elements and colors.

Sidewalk Driver

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With many of the public parks in disrepair, children innovate by playing in the streets or on neighborhood sidewalks.

Memory Steps

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In parts of the Lower Ninth Ward, steps were all that remained after the water receded.

Green Palace

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Brad Pitt and his Make it Right Foundation are building energy-efficient state-of-the-art homes in the shadows of the levee that breached and caused endless devastation.

Going, Going …

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Five years after the storm, a house in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood slowly deteriorates.

Wither Charity?

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The uncertain fate of Charity Hospital remains a hot topic in a city that is suffering from a depleted medical system.

Return to Violence

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New Orleans is still grappling with an extremely high violent-crime rate.

Off the Ball

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The city's underfunded Recreation Department is struggling to repair public parks and playgrounds and to provide programs for youth.  

The Optimist

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Central City resident James Andrews remains optimistic that both his neighborhood and New Orleans will recover fully from the effects of the storm.

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