Friday, December 16, 2005

Something everyone should see (part 2)

Last week I posted a brief story, which included some pictures from the levee breach in the Lower Ninth ward of New Orleans. To the non-locals in the audience, a ward is a political subdivision of our city; their are seventeen wards in New Orleans. Most might remember this place better as the levee that was, according to Minister Farrakhan, purposely blown to save Uptown and the French Quarter. To be fair to the Minister, his baseless accusation isn't completely far-fetched; however, the last time this occurred was during the Great Flood of 1927 (see Rising Tide)

But I've digressed.

Continuing upon my theme of showing you things you may not have seen or will ever see, I again travelled to the devastated parts of our city. My first stop was in New Orleans East (right) where, indeed, pimping is still not easy. There's a book out there just for the things people say on their refridgerators after this storm. The best usually include comments on either President Bush or FEMA, my favorite being one that said, "FEMA, eat me!" To the non-locals, East is not only a direction here, it's an entire neighborhood. The rest of pictures can be viewed here (Da' East).

I grew up out here, but the area is too vast to pictorialize in a couple of visits. More later.

Next, we went to Chalmette and greater St. Bernard parish. Parts of this area not only flooded, but also suffered an oil spill from the Murphy Oil refinery. This is the area home to the Chalmette Battlefield, aka the site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1814.

It is doubtful that much crack can be found here anymore.

[Editor's note: before any angry Chalmatians send us hate-filled emails, we know it says "Cracked House" and fully get the joke. Furthermore, we applaud this owner's spirit.]

Again, the scope is too much to document in an hour, but what we did get can be viewed here (St. Bernard Parish). More of that later, too.

Our final stop was back to the Lower Ninth ward. Apparently, someone kind of important preceeded our visit. If you look closely, you'll see two military Humvees escorting this caravan to see the infamous barge. Each time back reveals more jaw-dropping pictures, which can be viewed here (Ninth Ward).

Like I said last week, I believe these are places that people must see to fathom. Most will not have a chance to visit before things are fixed, so that's the reason for these pictures. However, anyone who'd like to tour these areas firsthand, may email me to arrange it.

And, before I go, I must not forget to thank my fellow blogger, cheezwiz, for joining me in this mini-adventure. As always, you must sign-in to view any pictures in my Kodak photo albums. If you're with the media, proper citation to this website is required to use my photos.

Uncle Speed


At 10:00 AM, Blogger lca0529 said...

Uncle Speed,

How much are the tours?

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Scott M. Phillips said...


At 11:26 AM, Blogger lca0529 said...

uncle speed,

I'd like to see it before this weekend.
What does your schedule look like.



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