Broken steps are all that remain from a home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward on May 12, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Residents continue to slowly return to the Lower Ninth Ward although much of the area remains uninhabited. The tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which killed at least 1836 and is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, is August 29.
The community’s stalled recovery is a man-made disaster.
Thousands of kids who survived the 2005 storm are still dealing with the fallout.
One black-owned bank helped build the city’s African-American middle class — until the hurricane destroyed much more than their homes.
Gary Rivlin traces New Orleans’s efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm’s lasting effects on the city’s geography, infrastructure — and its psychic, racial, and social fabric.