new orleans

Krewe du Vieux takes on Carnival

February 16, 2006 - Driving through New Orleans, it's clear that people are determined to celebrate Carnival as speed towards Fat Tuesday on February 28. The Carnival group getting the most attention this year is Krewe du Vieux, a descendent of a 1978 krewe, du Vieux is known for its biting social commentary.

In New Orleans

February 8, 2006 - Will be light blogging as we get situated in New Orleans. We touched down at noon and have done a quick tour of the 9th Ward, Bywater and other hard-hit communities.

Fables of the Reconstruction

October 7, 2005 - The issue of Gulf reconstruction is staying red-hot -- as it should be, given what's at stake for the people in the region and for the national political and economic landscape. Some recent developments: 1. The good news is FEMA's announcement yesterday that, after blistering criticism of crony contracting that saw 80% of jobs go in no-bid contracts and 90% go to companies outside the region, it will re-open bids for $1.5 billion worth of Katrina work deals. It's a good start, but not enough.

25 Questions about the Murder of New Orleans

October 3, 2005 - If you haven't read it yet, definitely check out the piece by New Orleans architect Anthony Fontenot and author/scholar Mike Davis (who wrote this prescient article last year), penned after spending a week in New Orleans talking to locals, officials and surveying the hurricane aftermath.