Friday, December 09, 2005

Something everyone should see

If anyone wants know why the levees broke in the Lower Ninth ward, they merely need to take a 30 minute drive towards Chalmette. Follow the path of slightly more damaged homes along St. Claude until you reach Caffin Ave. Take a left and drive until you cross Claiborne Ave., then turn left on any of the streets that are passable. If it's raining, you might want to bring a truck and boots. When you get near Surekote and Jourdan, you'll know where to look.

Thanks to fools, such as Minister Farrakhan, a sizeable portion of our city and the nation believes the levees were blown intentionally to save Uptown and the French Quarter. But I can assure you that the large brown object behind me was to blame for this disaster, and not some conspiracy of rich, white and Creole bankers circa 1927.

My neighborhood, Lakeview, which took 10-12 feet of water in most parts, looks like Eden compared to this place.

This low-income neighborhood to the East of downtown was comprised of mostly shotgun doubles and singles. Many of the occupants weren't the owners, so it's doubtful they'll return. Unfortunately, most were built up on piers that were not cemeted, and many houses in this area ended up floating like driftwood.

To my neighbors, please make sure that you take the time to think about these people and their homes, when you start complaining about how many thousands your insurance company should be paying you. To my fellow citizens, keep in mind that this is but one small section of the greater devestation and we need your continued support in our rebuilding efforts.

The rest of photos can be seen here: Ninth Ward photos. This site requires that you sign-in with an email address.

Uncle Speed

6 Comments:

At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The independent investigation teams all say the Ninth Ward levee wall blew out long before the barge visited the Ninth Ward. Don't blame the barge. Blame the US Army Corps of Engineers for gross negligence.

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger Scott M. Phillips said...

Please cite that info for me.

 
At 12:49 PM, Blogger Scott M. Phillips said...

That's what I thought.

 
At 3:31 PM, Blogger lca0529 said...

Looks as if the only negligence was trying the least expensive option to constructing the levee. Construction materials and specs were apparently followed.

 
At 12:15 PM, Anonymous ProfessorEd said...

What we need to do is to organize tours like yours for visitors. I suspect there would be more nationwide support if more saw it. Is there a way the tourist bureau could match visitors up with locals willing to show them around. Some cities have such programs.

This would help build support.

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Scott M. Phillips said...

No idea, but I'm willing to offer my time.

 

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