Another trip to the (Pitted) 9th Ward
I was here only a three few months earlier, but the place changed a lot.  If you haven't seen the "Pitt Stop"??? gallery of some of these areas, check that out first to see what I'm contrasting these scenes against.


What most of the lower 9th looks like these days.  This was taken maybe two streets over from the road along the Industrial Canal and lined up pretty close to where one of the two breaks in it were, so this area has always had houses off their foundations.  It's just that now they're off in a landfill somewhere.

The whole section of the 9th is characterized by concrete front steps leading to nowhere.  Most homes were pier and beam structures, so they didn't even have slabs, just brick supports to mark where they once stood.


This is where the semi trailers were as of my trip here last December featuring the information posters and experimental home models.  They're all gone now.  There are still a couple dozen hippy college kids staying in some of the houses farther toward the end of the street here and doing what I presume is volunteer work.  For who?  I don't know.

Turning the camera a few degrees to the right, that's the new wall along the Industrial.  Remember all the pink structures?  Yep.  All gone.

(That's the top of Erin's car in the foreground.)


A look all the way along the length of the 9th against the canal.  No more pink things.  Not that they were there for anything but show anyway.

Random scene.

That's one of the semi-ubiquitous FEMA trailers in the distance on the right.  If you live here, odds are pretty good this is what you're living in.  Granted, there are scattered new homes, but almost everything that was here before the storm that was still standing afterward has since been gutted.


Not to be flippant about it, but you know the story of the Three Little Pigs?  Well, this is the third Little Piggy's house.

Even when most of the other homes were still "standing" (if you can call it that since many were twisted beyond recognition), it was evident the only ones that were in any way salvageable were those made of brick.  Most else were pier and beam homes that were pushed off their foundations and (literally) into the street or at least to the edge of the property.


A school.  The brick walls here were actually too large.  Whereas the houses were small enough to brace themselves against the nearby turns at the edges of the structure, the weight of a building full of water pressing against lengthy walls ultimately toppled them in several spots along the side of the building toward the right of the frame.

The fact that the water remained in this well-below sea level area for several weeks (six total, I believe, before it was completely pumped out) was the cause of a couple of things in this image of the fence running along the school yard.

For one, this fence wasn't knocked over by a rioting mob.  It likely collapsed very slowly as its supports did no good sitting in soil that was under water and soaked to the point it was probably nothing but mud.

Second, you never see fences like this rust unless they are completely submerged in dirty water for quite some time.  As I've shown in other galleries elsewhere on this site, even fire hydrants and park benches around here looked like this.


One of the few remaining smashed-up homes.  Almost all that looked like these have been demolished and removed.

Here's another.  Note the crack along the side of the house (evident where the gutter is split).  This is another pier and beam that slipped off its foundation.  You can see where the decorative supports on the front porch now extend above the eves they once sat beneath.

They followed instructions.  This is one of the only ones left on this block though.

But what's up with the Psalms?  What do they call Katrina?  An "act of God."  Forget GWB, you know who doesn't like black people?  God.  You've really got to hate yourself to worship an imaginary character who would do this to your neighborhood.


Some of the remaining debris, but this was all placed here long after the fact.  It's scrap metal collected from the area by a salvage group.  There is additionally a huge set of bins from them just outside the right edge of the frame here.

Back where we started.  This is one of the few remaining structures near the Industrial Canal, and obviously it's going to be demolished at some point.  This one and another to the right I didn't shoot were clearly left there to stand in for so much else that's been removed now.

Alexplored 3/23/2008.
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