New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Report

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Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, with the help of government funding and thousand of volunteers, New Orleans is alive and thriving. New businesses are opening up in New Orleans 64 percent faster than the national average . The vibrant city has more restaurants, hotels and venues then ever before. Forbes has even ranked New Orleans as the Fasted Growing City Since the Recession. But, many of the original residents of New Orleans are dissatisfied with the way the city has recovered. Though the city has been able to rebuild, population changes have made it impossible to recapture the historic cultural trends of the city. Hurricane Katrina has changed New Orleans’s demographics, food and music, forcing African-American’s to abandon their unique…show more content…
Ten years later, more than half of the city’s neighborhoods have recovered 90 percent of their pre-Katrina population. Some neighborhoods have even gained population since the storm. However, New Orleans neighborhoods have not been repopulated equally. For example, St. Thomas Development has grown 300 percent since Katrina, while the Lower Ninth Ward has only recovered 37 percent of their original population. Many of the neighborhoods that have increased in population since hurricane Katrina, experienced less flooding because they sit along the river, above sea level. The slow recovery of some neighborhoods is due to the lack of funding and government priority. Demographic make-up of New Orleans has changed dramatically since hurricane Katrina. African-American population in New Orleans has decreased by nearly 100,000 since Katrina. White and Latino residents in New Orleans have increased, and African-American’s now make up just over half of the population. Increased racial diversity has influenced New Orleans’s political landscape. Although African-Americans are still in majority in New Orleans, they are fight¬ing to re¬gain the polit¬ic¬al in¬flu¬ence they lost after hurricane Katrina dis¬placed thou¬sands of black work¬ing-class…show more content…
Many African-American’s returned to New Orleans because it is the only place in the U.S. that hosts a black-majority. They came back for their culture, their music and their food that made up New Orleans before Katrina. Although New Orleans has made a comeback, its culture has changed. As if it weren’t hard enough to have their house destroyed, their communities separated and their loved ones lost; African-American’s now face the reality that New Orleans may never recover the deeply-rooted culture of their

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