NOLA- New Orleans, LA

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Permalink nolabeings:

“We had a wonderful community before Katrina. Walk out the door and you knew who lived there. Everybody knew everybody. I still love my city, but now you don’t know who is who anymore. You know what? I learned to understand now when they use the word ‘community’ it’s not about the houses, it’s about the people. That’s what makes your community. If I had one wish - which I know would never happen - is that some of the same people that we had surrounded ourselves with before Katrina, I wish that I could see some of those people again.”
Permalink mulishmusings:

This is what I see every time I walk out my front door. That pole doesn’t look like much. It doesn’t look important or like it imparts a lot of information. It doesn’t look like a monument to one of the worst disasters in U.S. history.
But that is what it is. That pole, with its green-blue glass ring and painted base are the last marker of the levee flood levels on Elysian Fields Ave. A few more blocks down and you reach the Mississippi river. These poles are spaced every few blocks up the 5 mile distance of Elysian Fields from the Mississippi river to Lake Pontchartrain. Mine is the last and lowest. When you reach the lake the green-blue glass ring and paint stretch far above your head.
These poles are an understated monument. There is no bronze plaque that explains what the symbolize. There is nothing to tell people what happened or how many people lost their lives or everything in their lives. There are no crying statues or pictures. There are only these silent poles.
The watermark poles aren’t for tourists. They are for the people of New Orleans. They stand as a simple and stark reminder of what happened to the City and her people. We don’t need explanations or pictures or crying statues. The City, her streets, and her people remember those all too well.
Permalink nolahellcat:

Artwork by L. Steve Williams/504Whatstyle
Permalink louismaistros:

Salvaging the flag after Katrina. Lakeview, New Orleans, October 7, 2005. Copyright 2005 by Louis Maistros. 
Permalink louismaistros:

1 Dog DOA Attic. Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans, March 15, 2006. Copyright 2006 by Louis Maistros. 
Permalink nolabeings:

"My father passed away 14 years ago. I was 15 at the time. It was a little rough… luckily I had my mother and my stepfather. Friends and family and everything helped me get through it. Recently when Germany won the World Cup, that was pretty exciting because my father was born in Germany and moved here when he was young, so I thought about him a lot. And when Germany finally took the championship, that was a very proud moment."
Permalink louismaistros:

Somebody’s baby loved this. Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans, March 15, 2006. Copyright 2006 by Louis Maistros. 
Permalink laurabergerol:

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