About New Orleans
by Jack Molisani, Executive Director, LavaCon 2009
I went to Tulane University in New Orleans and the city continues to be one of my favorites places in the world. The areas that visitors see most (Uptown, the French Quarter, the Garden District, etc.) are back to normal and have been for quite some time.
The national media really painted a one-sided view of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. For example, here is a photo I took shortly after Katrina in the Ninth Ward, an area on the east side of the New Orleans Industrial Canal.
This was "ground zero" where the levees breached and the flood waters washed houses right off their foundations:
On the other hand, here are photos I took on the exact same day! in other parts of
New Orleans—the areas that you might see as a visitor. (Also included are a few photos from Mardi Gras a few months later.)
This is what most of New Orleans looked like then and now—not the same flooded streets they showed over and over in the national media.
The city is alive and well and thriving. For example, do you know there are more restaurants in New Orleans now than before Katrina? (1006 now versus 809 pre-K!)
Or that Louisiana is home to over 100 music, food and film festivals a year?
All New Orleans needs now if for tourism and convention business to return to pre-Katrina levels.
Be part of the solution. Come to New Orleans and see the city for yourself.
You'll be glad you did!