Friday, August 10, 2007

Mississippi River Journey part 7--Finally New Orleans

We finally reached the outpouring bottom of the Father of Waters. New Orleans, even in its still tentative state, is still a treat to the eye and the stomach. It would be easy to dwell on what is still to be re-built and very easy to rail at the usual bogeymen who can be made to seem responsible for all that happened and all that has not happened. Suffice it to say that the road back is a long one and it continues to be filled with potholes. Where re-surfacing has been completed, the city is is definitely coming back. From the vantage point of a pricey downtown tourist hotel, just a stone's throw from Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, you could easily be fooled into believing that Katrina had never happened. But it did and a few blocks any direction beyond the downtown enclave, will soon reveal the signs of sadness.

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