I am a freelance journalist and New York is my home. But New Orleans was once. I am in NOLA now, waiting to get home in the wake of Sandy. So while I am pacing, worried about my husband, friends and my city, I thought up this project. Who better than the people of New Orleans to talk to the people of NYC right now. They know, they lived through Katrina. They are still living with it seven years later.
If you are a current or former resident of New Orleans that lived through the nightmare of Katrina and want to participate in NOLA to New York please write on a piece of paper what it is you would say to the people of New York if you could. Anything: that you care, that you know what they are going through, don’t drink the water, make sure to be kind to your neighbors when times get worse before they get better - anything. Then take a picture like the ones seen here.
More info here.
Photo: Alvin came from the New Orleans West Bank, where he now lives, to participate in NOLA to New York.
Alvin had a home in Mid City. It was his mother’s place. He evacuated to Baton Rouge the day before the storm. When he finally came back, the water receded and the watermark was halfway up the first floor wall; his roof, partially torn off, had let in the rain. Alvin wishes they could have kept the property in the family but the federal program Road Home offered them less than it was worth but with his mother aging, they had to sell. He can’t watch too much of the Sandy coverage because of his memories of Katrina.
(via Tim Shey)