Ten years have gone by since the natural calamity and it seems New Orleans has emerged from the ashes of Hurricane Katrina. U.S. governors take a look back at some of the most important moments of the event mentioning some of the restauration works that have been made on the city since then.
New Orleans inhabitants, on the other hand, are not convinced that the effects of Hurricane Katrina will be easily washed off from their memory. In spite of the efforts that authorities are making to rebuild homes and institutions, the city lacks the originality and the bohemian look that we have all grown accustomed to.
Many of the artistic buildings could not be restored to their initial state as easier engineering techniques have been preferred to the original ones. This, mostly because the city had to be reconstructed in a short period of time and allow residents to go back to their normal lives.
Yet, many of them could no longer start their lives from zero, particularly since some of them have lost family members. According to statistics, 1,400 people died during Hurricane Katrina and thousands of others chose to move to a different location.
Even though thorough surveys are still requested to estimate the population of New Orleans, authorities have noticed that New Orleans has lost great part of its African American population. The majority of the individuals, who chose to continue their lives in the same region are Caucasians. There could be many possible explanations to this fact, but sociologists believe the unexpected surge in real estate prices pushed African Americans outside New Orleans.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, on the other hand, appears to be very pleased with the changes that have been brought to the city. He considers New Orleans’ reconstruction a great opportunity to start things all over again and to build a modern city, according to the people’s wishes and requests.
Despite everything, New Orleans continues to be a major artistic center in the United States, being often mentioned in pop culture expressions. In addition to the past literature references that have been made about New Orleans’ Jazz era, the city is now mentioned in modern series, music and films where Hurricane Katrina is regarded as the biggest battle between the forces of nature and humans.
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