To mourn, commemorate, and celebrate the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Photographer Ted Jackson returned to the site of some of his most powerful photographs, re-taking them to reveal the progress, or lack of progress, of the past nine years.
You can see them all at nola.com; I’ve pulled out three that speak to the uneven recovery that I see when I visit.
In this first photo, residents struggle to keep their heads above water by balancing on the porch railing of a home in the Lower 9th Ward, what was once a vibrant working class, almost entirely African American neighborhood. Today, the home remains dilapidated, as did one-in-four homes in New Orleans as of 2010.
In the first photo of this second set, a man delivers fresh water to people stranded in the BW Cooper Housing Development, better known as the Calliope Projects. Today, the housing development is awaiting demolition, having been mostly empty since 2005. Some suspect that closing these buildings was an excuse to make it difficult or impossible for some poor, black residents to return.
This set of homes is located in an upper-income part of the city. The neighborhood, called Lakeview, suffered some of the worst flooding, 8 to 10 feet and more; it has recovered very well.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.