Monday, September 8, 2008
The city has so many layers of architecture and decay, it is hard to know if a building has been ruined because of Katrina or had been abandoned long before. All these pictures were taken on Canal Street, which is the heart of downtown New Orleans. These buildings are highly visible to everyone, everyday on their way to work or school.
Something tells me Lil' Wayne never played here on November 5th, 2005. Or maybe his was the last performance before the theatre went bankrupt long before Katrina came. It's hard to know if you didn't live here before. If anyone does know, please leave a comment. It's creepy though, to have the date for an event so long ago still on display.
New Orleans, in many ways, reminds me of Maputo. It used to be a very wealthy city too. Some of the architecture is incredible. I always think of the architects. At some point any building was the pride of the person who designed it. Money and labor and imagination were put into homes and office buildings that now rot in the tropical climate. You always wonder what kind of people used to live and work somewhere, and where are they now? New Orleans used to be one of the most important cities and ports in America. The wealth that used to flow through here can still be seen in the mansions that line St. Charles. But those mansions have mostly been divided up into apartments now.