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Katrina - The Two Year Anniversary

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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.

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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.