Katrina - The Two Year Anniversary
Last year I was lucky enough to land the fine job of being editor of LAist, the city I love. So naturally three months after covering LA I had the brilliant idea of taking a road trip around the country, thus covering anything except LA.
Everything was just a little whimsy roadtrip discovering parts of the US that I hadn't imagined, until in New York people demanded that I go to New Orleans and see for myself what the deal was down there. I was like, "nah - road trip whoooo!" But they were all, "yeah but go there too."
Needless to say New Orleans kicked my ass. But not in the way I expected. I expected sad and fucked up and pitiful and crappy. It wasn't really that. In fact it was the opposite.
Some had given up and moved away. But way more people than I expected were still there and living in mobile trailers in their front lawns or in converted parking lots that were now semi-refugee camps of mobile homes. It was not the suburban living that they had literally bought into a few hundred yards away.