Recently I returned from a wonderful, heart-warming, musically and culturally rich trip to New Orleans... and what am I posting in my flickrstream? Photos of empty buildings in the Lower Ninth Ward, a place that was once a poor African American neighborhood with a high percentage of home ownership by seniors, then a drowned tragedy and place of death and abandonment, now a strange mixture of active rebuilding, standing ruins and empty weedy blocks stretching like open fields.
Volunteers are still gutting and/or rebuilding homes. There is a remarkable city-wide intenational art exhibit going on, and the spirit of renewal and creativity is palpalbe.
And yet, these ghost-town sights unfolded for me. These are from Christmas eve, 2008. More to follow, if you like.