Here are some pictures of buildings that are damaged in the downtown area and have yet to be fixed. The most recognizable of these will be the Louisiana Superdome.
This boat was across the street (Poydras) from the Superdome. Can you read what’s painted on its side? That sums up a lot of residents’ feelings towards the storm.
The hole in the roof of the Louisiana Superdome.
This is the best shot I could get of the construction going on inside of the Superdome. Security wouldn’t let me in. I thought I was a nice guy, but maybe I’m not that nice.
This is in the Superdome parking garage. I wonder why people who wanted to couldn’t get out?
Large puddles of standing water remain on the interior of the upper levels of the Superdome parking garage. The lowest level still has about 3 inches of standing water, but the pictures were too dark.
This traffic light is at the corner of Poydras and S. Claiborne, on the site of the Superdome.
The New Orleans Centre is a shopping complex connected to the Superdome by a pedestrian bridge. It sustained heavy damage and looks abandoned. This is its main entrance.
I was actually able to get inside the New Orleans Centre. What I saw brought me to tears. This is a little girl’s outfit.
A boy’s bike at the New Orleans Centre.
The Hyatt downtown. The lighter colored windows are the broken ones.
The remains of the building downtown that the 5 men I talked to lived in.
This was right across the street from my hotel. This used to be an auto mechanic shop.
This is a pic of Canal Street, one of the main strips of downtown, especially during Mardi Gras and other Festivals. This pic shows how some things have recovered while others have not. Notice that the building on the right is back in business while the one on the left (and connected to it!) is abandoned and not yet fixed.
This was a store during Essence Festival 2005.
Some businesses have pledged to return.
All of the pictures I took of damage can be seen on my Flickr site.
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