I thought no one lived in New Orleans.
That it was all under water and unlivable.
How can there be homes and apartments to rent?
Fact is New Orleans has been largely up and running in most
parts since weeks after Katrina. The entire city was never a
disaster, major portions of it were, but, not all. The overdone,
horrendous, fake stories of dead babies, and no assistance to
blacks at all worked: business has stayed away, new residents
have stayed away, and the rebuilding has been slow because of it.
The group sponsoring the survey doesn't have an angle to push does it?
I'm sure there is some discrimination.
Based on money, based on job records, based on past rental
history, based on the landlords history with previous tenants.
If they kept blacks out solely on color, that's wrong. It seems
that would be hard to do in a city that was and is still largely
a minority filled city: blacks, creoles, mixed race, Indian, asian,
hispanic, etc. Much like LA.
Sue away though. Give it a try.
It's New Orleans, why would another scandal or insider deal be a surprise?
That's what New Orleans does, and has done for 100+ years. The city
was a mess before Katrina, it still is, thanks largely to the local political
machine. Everyone wants the cash from the feds and charity.
How is it a record number of hispanics are moving in and buying homes in
New Orleans after Katrina? How are they getting along and booming?
Many of whom are illegal.
Having personally visited New Orleans on three occasions since Katrina, I can attest to the catastrophic conditions the city continues to face. New Orleans East is no more. The 9th ward is uninhabitable, 95% of Lakeview is uninhabitable. Only the CBD, french quarter, parts of uptown/garden district and Faubourg Marigny are up and running for business. Unless you go to Jefferson Parish, the Westbank or across the Lake Ponchartrain bridge to Covington, housing is at a minimal.
1-2 bedroom apartments that once rented for $500/month are now $900-$1200 per month. Businesses in the French Quarter are having to curtail their hours because of the lack of available service workers in the area secondary to the skyrocketing rental rates. Hundred of thousands of homeowners in the area have yet to receive a dime for the rebuilding process, and some will never be able to, much less have the will.
There is a severe shortage of mental health professionals, nurses, doctors and the existing medical complex continues to hobble along attempting to adjust for the basic needs of the current community.
Yes, you still see the blue roofs (blue tarp draped over damaged roofs) and FEMA trailers galore.
New Orleans isn't anywhere near what most would consider a "recovery." In fact, it might well take at least 15 years just to lure a fraction of the businesses back to the region.
And to date, their levy system is still vulnerable. The recent revamped pumping system was found to operate at below pre-Katrina standards (1 inch of water/hour).
I have friends who left before the hurricane who never plan on returning. They started the long and painful road of rebuilding their lives from scratch in a new place. Most of what they had worked for years was lost. Those who were spared their homes, returned to face malignant stress of worrying when the next "big one" would hit and whether it was worth returning. A few even sold their homes and left.
In my best estimation, New Orleans isn't a place to consider relocating for at least ten years.