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On our way to explore the Ninth Ward again, we decided to swing by and revisit the house where my parents lived when I was born.  You can also check out how the place looked about ten months ago in this gallery.

The front door is new.  Note there's no water line on this one, nor a mail slot like the one I peeked out of a million times or so as a kid.

The burned-down house (and surrounding trees) had been cleared away to leave nothing but a slab (and presumably a sizable insurance claim).

They still didn't fix the fence.  Then again, I'm the only one who is going to sneak in their yard.

A peek inside shows the progress: New drywalls throughout, mostly all painted already.  The floor is one of the coming attractions.

You can still see the water line on the storage shed at the end of the drive.  The door is off the hinges as well.  Those chairs were apparently salvaged from Katrina since they had rust on them.

Here comes the neighborhood.

Whereas last time we were here, there was only one FEMA trailer on the block (and virtually no cars anywhere), this time there were several trailers nearby.  These two were across the street in addition to the original on next door, etc.

Given that this was the day after Xmas, it was hard to tell how many homes were occupied by people who were simply away for the holidays.

On the other hand, where does the neighborhood shop?  The entire shopping center at the corner was closed, although it looks like they're at least working on this grocery store.

Alexplored 12/26/06, sixteen months after Hurricane Katrina.
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