Resilience of the Riverwalk

Sabria Earin and Charlotte Lundy

The Riverwalk was a great attraction in New Orleans years ago, but now it seems like just another indoor mall. Before Katrina you came on the Riverwalk you would see a lot of local stores and hear a lot of music. After Katrina there was a rebuild, and culture changed. There are less local stores but more for tourists.

Hurricane Katrina was one of the five deadliest hurricanes; there were about 1,833 total fatalities. There was over $108 billion worth in damages to the city. The Riverwalk today has a population of 937,649 within a twenty five mile radius. But believe it or not the population was larger before Katrina.

Was the change a good thing?

Ms. Foy worked for fifteen years in total on the Riverwalk. According to Ms. Foy, “I think the rebuild [of the Riverwalk] was a good thing.”

She worked seven years before Katrina, and eight years after. After Katrina she came back to New Orleans and worked as a waitress at the Crazy Lobster. This says something about the character of New Orleanais.

According to Ms. Foy “You never leave your home for good, you always will come back to your roots.” She was right because a number of residents of New Orleans who came back after Katrina to rebuild the city.

Sabria Earin and Charlotte Lundy are freshmen at the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School.