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Old 07-17-2010, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Did some driving around today and I have a few questions/comments.

- Lower Ninth: Drove through on St. Claude Ave., and although a lot of it looked pretty run-down, it wasn't as terrible as I expected. I'm sure I didn't see the worst since I stayed on the main street, but is it worse up towards Claiborne? Have things improved since pre-Katrina now that some of the bad buildings were destroyed?

- What's with the National Guard Building on St. Claude Ave? Nice building, but looks like the yard hasn't been mowed in a month or two.

- New Orleans seems pretty easy to get around, even for someone who is new to the area.

- I love learning about the history of this area. I like "old" history a lot, but right now I am fixated on Katrina stuff. Are the "devastation" tours still worth it? Has most stuff been cleaned up by now? Any suggestions for reading, photos, or videos would be appreciated.

- Any suggestions on places to drive through? Nothing touristy, not even necessarily National Historic sites or anything like that. Sounds strange, but I am interested in areas that are said to be "bad". Now I'm not going to go driving through the worst parts of town in the middle of the night or getting out looking for trouble, but I wouldn't mind driving through some of the "rough" places. I'm sure I'll be recommended not to do so, but if I could get some suggestions of places to drive around, I'd appreciate it.

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Old 07-18-2010, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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#1: Yes, it is much worse on North Claiborne. The levee breach was on the other side of the Industrial Canal and the water was higher on the North Side (Claiborne). If you can find Florida Ave. in the 9th Ward you will be blown away. It looks like a 3rd world country. Overall the quality of life is lower in the 9th post Katrina. People forget those were homeowners, maybe the houses weren't much but there was pride.

#2: The building is brand new.. the original historical site took probably 10 feet+ of water. Im sure they're still reeling from the crisis and just haven't gotten around to it.

#3: Glad you're finding your way. I have tons of newcomers lamenting over the one-ways, the fact that the river cuts off streets, etc.

#4: Don't go on the tours. I think it's disgusting that those maggots are profiting off people's suffering. Do you think the proceeds go to help the community? Think again. Get a local in the know to drive you around, you'll learn a lot more. Hell, I'll do it. Message me.

#5: Anywhere past Canal can get dicey. If thats what you're after, go for it. Central City (near Greyhound Station) is pretty raw.

Enjoy my city.
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Old 07-18-2010, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Thanks for the response. I'm loving New Orleans so far, and I want to experience all that it has to offer, the good and the bad. I never wanted to have to leave the area I grew up in, but since I moved, I'm glad New Orleans was where life took me.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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#4: Don't go on the tours. I think it's disgusting that those maggots are profiting off people's suffering. Do you think the proceeds go to help the community? Think again. Get a local in the know to drive you around, you'll learn a lot more. Hell, I'll do it. Message me.

Agreed. I was part of a group that came down to volunteer with ARNO, a good five months after Gustav ... the director of the shelter spent a whole day showing us what happened. It was rough. It was one of the most emotional days of my life, and the women in my group would agree with me.

I cannot fathom people charging for that. Disgusting. Don't give money to people like that.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:52 AM
 
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What I find hard to believe is that Gray Line does these "Katrina" tours. They are a reputable and established company that I worked with a lot back when I was a travel agent. I guess it's all about the money. I would just think that a reputable company would refuse to profit off the backs of people who suffered so much. Wishful/naive thinking I guess
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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What was (or still is) even worse is that they were using those larger 40 passenger busses to take people - winding through areas of the Lower 9th that a vehicle of that size (that wasn't involved in construction) had no business going. Another thing is when my inlaws insisted on taking one 3 years ago, there were so many people signed up to go that there were TWO of those busses parading around back to back. Don't get me started on the things the tourists (including my father in law) were griping about as they exited the busses. It was a conversation that should really only be heard at a theme park. "They refused to stop long enough for me to take pictures" was a common theme. Well, duh!
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