Post-Katrina Explorations: Canal St.
Canal Street was one of the media's most scrutinized sites during the aftermath of the storm.  This is where much of the footage of looting was shot.  For those not familiar with the area, Canal St. is just outside of downtown, right up against the Riverwalk (big, touristy shopping mall) which, obviously, is right up against the Mississippi river, and is within walking distance of the French Quarter.

This building is the World Trade Center... formerly the ITM Building (Int'l Trade Mart).*

It's at the river end of Canal St.  You can see several windows (including the whole ring at the top where the roof is missing as well) are boarded over still.

*Thanks to Jason for reminding me.  I had forgotten the name of the place.

Here's a view of the lower half of it where more boards are.

I see one in the next building over as well.

Now I'm going to look at the lower half of the chick in the orange shirt.

It's hard to tell if boarded-over buildings in this area were due to storm damage, looting, and/or construction.

For example, the Joy Theater (where I saw Buck Rogers when I was a little kid) just down the street from here looked like it had been boarded up for years.

The palms along here were all askew right after the storm.  Like a lot of other trees around the city, these yellow ties had to be added to keep them up for the forseeable future.

Another partially boarded-up building.

Note that the mayor's race was going while we were here, so there were signs for the multitude of candidates all over the city.

Here's a close-up of another of the palms.

This girl was convinced we were trying to take a picture of her.

Alexplored 3/14/06, approx. six and a half months after Hurricane Katrina.
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