From cataclysm to catalyst, Hurricane Katrina affected individuals, communities, and ultimately our nation in profound and innumerable ways. Ten years after the storm, Next City marks its anniversary through the voices of ten residents who share their experiences and efforts to cope with and create change around the circumstances created or simply exposed by Katrina.
“We chose to mark the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this way because it would be impossible for one story to encompass the myriad experiences and truths that underlay New Orleans’ rebound from what can only be described as a complete failure of local and federal government systems and policies. There is no single metric that can measure the ongoing evolution of a city and no one voice that should be privileged in the recounting of something as complex as post-disaster recovery.”
Progress has not always been linear and has taken on different meanings for different people. From criminal justice to housing discrimination, K-12 education to the environment, these stories run the gamut from hope to despair. But it is vital that they be heard.
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