Katrina Anniversary–3 Years Later on Tennessee St in the Lower 9th Ward

After filming the video below, it struck us that John McCain owns more homes than have been rebuilt on Tennessee Street in the Lower 9th Ward. The street lies 2 blocks from where the Industrial Canal levee broke 3 years ago. News networks once frequently broadcasted from this street, Brad Pitt’s pink houses once lined it and First Draft has chronicled its progress in previous videos (6 months and2 years after the flood).

This time, 3 years post Katrina and flood, we found 4 homes have been rebuilt and 6 are under construction. Of the nearly 100 homes which once stood here, one remains, gutted and empty. The rest were demolished. Much of the rebuilding by theBrad Pitt Make it Right Foundation is being done on Tennessee Street. However the vast majority of the street is a desolate landscape of empty lots, some overgrown, others neatly mowed.

Here is Tennesse Street 3 years later…

5 thoughts on “Katrina Anniversary–3 Years Later on Tennessee St in the Lower 9th Ward

  1. You did a fabulous job with this. Just fabulous. (And I’m honored for the shout-out. Though I’m just the driver…)
    We miss you already – come back!

  2. I see some power lines but it looks like for the most part, this area is off the grid? Is that correct? It must be pretty desolate and dark out there at night for the few people remaining.

  3. John McCain owns more homes than have been rebuilt on Tennessee Street in the Lower 9th Ward
    What a campaign issue. And I assume that the square footage of all the homes together is less than the sq ft in one of McCain’s homes?
    On a related note, the newspaper yesterday had an AP article that basically asked if we’ve learned from our mistakes and are building it right this time, or if like after Bertha, we haven’t really changed.

  4. More incredible video, Scout and LB0313. Thanks for shooting it–it’s about as close as you’ll get to seeing it yourself short of…oh, I don’t know, IMAX or something like that.
    Virgotex: I’ll be honest–I haven’t been in that area at night, but I’ve done some day drives here and there–major streets like St. Claude or Claiborne/Judge Perez must certainly have electricity. At least some of the traffic signals are working (though there are STILL some places where four-way stops exist in lieu of signals.) You’re right, though, about the cross streets.

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