NOTE TO RANTER FANS: I am deviating from my normal Ranting(s) to bring you an up-close and personal two-part series of observations, still photographs, and comments gleaned from my recent trip to New Orleans, The French Quarter, St. Bernard Parish, La Fouche’, Golden Meadow and Grand Isle, Louisiana.  I hope that my comments and personal interviews with local citizens will  prove both interesting and informative as an up-date on this area of our country that has endured so much tragedy of late.

A view of remaining damage from Katrina 5 years after

While there is still work going on in St. Bernard Parish, the Ninth Ward and Chalmette, the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina… the horrifying pictures of complete and total disaster (as depicted above by The Nite Ranter)… were difficult to find.

Life has returned to this hard hit area.  Businesses are open and the people of St. Bernard Parish and Chalmette seem to be moving forward with their lives. There are, however, noticeable repairs and construction sites in the area. Several residential neighborhoods we toured still contained numerous bare slabs where, prior to Katrina, a family home stood. (BTW, August 29, 2010, will be the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.)

The Nite Ranter’s Conclusion: A favorable report on progress for St. Bernard Parish. (BTW, check out the How to Help the Gulf links on the right sidebar, among them St. Bernard Project, and do your part to help!)

The French Quarter

The French were smart in choosing the highest point above sea level to establish their settlement. Thus, the Quarter fared quite well during the Katrina deluge. The Quarter seems to be more than back to normal. Prince Conti Hotel’s (headquarters for our stay) management stated that business was better than usual for July bookings. The popular Broussard’s Restaurant (across the street from Prince Conti Hotel) was the backdrop for a new Popeyes Chicken television commercial which was being filmed during our stay. Pat O’Briens was filled with tourists seeking a break from the heat and high humidity, the perfect excuse to order a  cold Hurricane!

As usual, the famous honkey-tonk pianos were shakin’ the timbers and memories of the storm, its damage and The Super Dome filled with its refugees would seemingly not even be noted as a blip on the unseen radar screen five years forward. And that’s a good thing for the sturdy people of New Orleans.

The bars, eating establishments, and shops were bustling with customers, and Katrina seemed only a nano-second in the past. I could not find a T-shirt that stated: “I Survived Katrina!” The French Market was as busy as I have ever seen it.

While  storm water from the broken levies penetrated The French Quarter,  it was evident from most locals we interviewed that flood damage in the Quarter was minimal. The hurricane winds delivered the major portion of damage to the Quarter. Today, little or no storm damage remains or was visible.

CNN was broadcasting Anderson Cooper 360 live in Woldenberg Park and the major topic was the BP Macondo/Deepwater Horizon Oil Well disaster. Anderson’s guests included James Carville and Billy Nungesser, both of whom have been out spoken about BP PLC and The Obama Administrations handling of the recent Oil Disaster plaguing the beleaguered Gulf Coast.

The only mention of Katrina was used as a metaphor when comparing the storm to the oil disaster.


Reopen Charity Hospital

There is an outrage underfoot regarding the re-opening of Charity Hospital. The federal government did a major face lift and clean-up of Charity after Katrina.  However, the hospital has yet to re-open and the community is outraged at this proposed solution.

Our interviews uncovered the reason behind this… a political ruse… typical of alleged tainted Louisiana politics.

What’s the ruse?

The city wants to demolish a nearby neighborhood, displace its inhabitants and build a new hospital on their property.

Why?

A development company wants to purchase the old Charity Hospital and turn it into condos. The local citizens are opposed to the city’s plan and say it smacks of a greedy money deal. They have formed several political action groups to fight the city plan.

We spoke to a lady who is close to the situation and in her own words:

“This plan is pure Bullshit. Big money to be made on the backs of the little people who need the Hospital the most! They’re political Bastards. It’s typical Louisiana political favoritism as usual. We’ll fight them to the wire on this, Shit!”

P.S. Trust me: I cleaned up the language she used…

Stay connected for Part 2. (my next installment): A trip down LA #1… traveling on a two lane thread of highway through the almost sea level marsh lands through Golden Meadow,  La Fouche’ and on to Grand Isle, Louisiana – Ground Zero for the BP oil spill clean-up effort.

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  1. garry

    Valuable info. Lucky me I found your site by accident, I bookmarked it.

    Dec 14, 2010 at 6:07 pm
    • The Nite Ranter

      Hey there Therapy: Thanks and I’ll continue my “workout’ with vigor!
      Glad to have you as a reader. TNR :=(

      Dec 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm
  2. The Nite Ranter

    This just in:

    No oil? Where is all the oil… dispersed into small feasts for the microbes to feed on.

    Here’s an idea… the Gulf Coast fishermen, crabbers and oyster-men can fish for Microbes? Surely they will be huge after feeding on all that BP oil.

    Here’s another idea: Serve up a big plate of fat, slick, slimy Microbes for a feast to include: Admrl. Chad Allen (US Coast Guard up-front deployer, destroyer) and BP’s all new and polished up shiny American Guy – “Dudley Do Right” Bob.

    Sounds like a nice sitdown meal with sides of hush puppies, slaw and sweet tea. A “BP PLC” feast, just for you special guys.

    Eat up and enjoy!
    Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?

    TNR :>)

    Aug 1, 2010 at 1:13 am
  3. The Nite Ranter

    My staff hates it when I do this.
    It’s almost 2:30AM… just me and my keyboard.
    No one around but “The Ranter!”
    Soooooo…
    PENDING ISSUES:
    1. Will Charlie Rangel’s dangle get caught in the zipper of DC political angles?
    2. Will Arizona and governor “Blondie” poop in their respective pants over the latest immigration laws/gaffes?

    Stay Tuned. Oh, someone’s coming… No sweat, we’re cool! Just the night security guard. TNR :>)

    Jul 30, 2010 at 2:28 am

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