The Hurt


After Hurricane Katrina, a lot of money went to rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, but the paths weren’t always easy to travel. New Orleans has always been a city built upon strong neighborhoods, each one distinct in important ways from all the others. This helps to make a vibrant city, to be sure, but it also makes large-scale redevelopment more complicated

The decisions that led to the closing of Charity Hospital, and the construction of a huge new medical complex in the Mid-City neighborhood was hugely unpopular with the residents, most of whom had been displaced by the storm and would be once again displaced by the construction project. You can read more about it here, but the short version is the phrase “closed-door decision to bulldoze a 25 block residential and business neighborhood” for the new facilities. Construction was delayed while that was worked out, mostly (from what I saw) in favor of the new hospitals.

There are a few of the old places still standing, including this one. I guess when you’re about the last one left, you may as well paint a sign on your roof, right?

New Orleans, Louisiana
photographed 1.8.2016

Posted on February 7, 2016, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. So sad.


  2. It’s very sad. Another case of big corporate America taking over? I read somewhere that a portion of the city population tossed in the towel and left for good. I would too under the right circumstances.


    • I think that post-Katrina a lot of people who could afford to leave did. And that left a spot for newcomers to fill in. And then THAT led to a lot of displacement through gentrification, which has meant that the people who stayed because they couldn’t afford to leave are now being pushed out. It’s a real puzzle, and if I were in urban planning school now (instead of 30 years ago), I am sure this reply would take on the flavor of a thesis!


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