Sunday, April 13, 2008

Trip To New Orleans














(To read about my trip click the "read more" button.)

It was time again for another business trip. My meeting was in New Orleans. I wasn't looking forward to the trip as I continiously hear of the crime rate being high, and how many businesses had not returned. But on the contrary, the French Quarter (main business area) was in excellent shape. I felt safe walking around. The music was still there. I even seen signs that said, "Soul is Waterproof!" It was still a great place to go on a trip. Things were a little more expensive. But that is happing everywhere now-a-days.

I took a tour of the worse flooded areas. Was it bad? Yep!! Most of the houses had been torn down and what is left is a grassy swampy meadow. I listened to the tour guide as he angrly spoke of how the government would not rebuild in this one area. But as we were driving up and down these streets I saw water standing in these old house sites. Not from the flood but just from the overnight rains. I thought to myself, "would I build here?" My answer is quickly NO!!! This area was clearly a natural swamp area until folks decided to try to make it residential. It's located right beside a natural water way and it's below the water line. I do truly hate that these poeple lost their homes and everything in them. I meen no disrespect. But maybe God feels this should remain a natural swamp area and human kind should try to find a better place to relocate to. It's a sad situation. I think it would be a good idea to take some of the empty building where the businesses haven't returned (on the high ground in town) and turn them into low income housing. I look forward to the time when New Orleans can get past the, "WHO IS TO BLAIM FOR THIS" and on to "WHAT IS A SMART SOLUTION TO THIS SITUATION". I hope someone who can look at all the facts can help the low income folks find a better and safer home site in a healthy enviorment. And so that is my prayer for New Orleans!

15 comments:

jams o donnell said...

Nice shots. Happy WW

Indrani said...

I love those flowers.
:)

Lyn said...

very nice shots happy ww

ellen b said...

Wonderful shots. It's great to take a trip...

♥Shabem-®♥ said...

Wonderful shots. Happy WW!

Bernie said...

Love these... And I love that pink Azaelea!

Thanks for stopping by burntofferings and more at bernies fotoblog.

Have a great WW!!

SandyCarlson said...

What a beautiful place. Wonderful color!

ValleyGirl said...

Beautiful pictures!! Someday I want to take a Mississippi cruise from St. Louis to Nawlins myself. Someday.

Dana said...

I have always wanted to go to New Orleans..

Great Pics...

napaboaniya said...

The pink shade of the flowers are real sweet looking :)
Happy WW!!

Lori said...

I want to go there some day. I love the pic of the flowers...What a beautiful shade of pink. Happy WW and thanks for stopping by:)

Lilli & Nevada said...

very nice the flowers are beautiful

ZJ said...

Nice shots. The first photo - reminds me of the setting of Huckleberry Finn story.
Thanks for visiting my blog earlier :)

val said...

i <3 pink flowers!!
happy WW

Sophie said...

Amazing shots! :-)