9 Years / 9th Ward

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Had the privilege of heading down to New Orlean’s over Halloween; an incredible city with the most vibrant of cultures. Walking the streets alone gives you a sense of history and life. Rooted in French, Spanish and African settlers offers a buffet of ideas, convictions and ways of thinking.

Personally, I have few beliefs and many opinions and I’m not exactly sure where to lay this one.

The richest souls are born from the deepest of emotions.

We’re drawn to those who sing of happiness and write of misery; ones who portray true love on a screen and loss on stage. It’s an addiction. It’s truth. It’s real life.

When Katrina┬átouched the coast of Louisiana, it scarred its name into history as one of the top five deadliest hurricanes ever recorded. Of the more than 1,800 who died, approximately 40% died from drowning and another 25% from trauma. In comparison, the Northridge earthquake that shook Los Angeles in 1994 killed 60. As the levees broke and floodwalls failed, the three neighbourhoods of New Orleans’ Ninth Ward sustained the country’s greatest damage.

Nine years later, here are a few of the scars still left on Ninth Ward.

 

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