Sunday, September 18, 2005

Gentilly update -- another first hand account

A friend, working with animal rescue in New Orleans these past few days, was in Gentilly yesterday. Two blocks over from the 5100 block of St. Roch Ave and one block from Franklin Ave there is little anyone could hope to save. These homes, built in the late 30s and early 40s were the urbanization New Orleans needed and now, attention needs to be directed to this area as we move into the reconstruction of the city.

Historic neighborhoods, such as Gentilly Terrace, home to early 20th Century craftsman bungalows and Colonial Revival homes, the picture is the one you've seen on TV: Homes remain trapped in a floodwater that reeks of sewage, with a slick of oil running atop the water's surface. It's hard to imagine them escaping a date with the bulldozer.

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