Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 9:44 am
It's been eight years to the day since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. To mark the anniversary, NPR revisits neighborhood activist and curator Ronald Lewis, a New Orleans resident whomMorning Editionhost Steve Inskeep regularly checked in with in the months after the storm.
Lindy Boggs, the former congresswoman from Louisiana, died Saturday at the age of 97. Boggs came to Washington in 1941, the year her husband, Hale Boggs, began his first term as a Democratic congressman from Louisiana. She was 24 years old.
In 1972, on a campaign trip through Alaska, Hale Boggs' plane disappeared, never to be found. Lindy Boggs ran for her late husband's seat and won, becoming the first woman elected to Congress from her state. She remained in Congress through 1990. In 1997, President Clinton appointed her ambassador to the Vatican.
The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile made a surprise appearance outside the Dat Dog restaurant on Magazine St. this past Tuesday, turning an otherwise mundane National Hot Dog Day into a celebration (at least for this reporter).
If you’re driving down Broad Street in the evening, you might notice some new bright neon signs. They're a collaboration between the Arts Council of New Orleans, local designers and a local community development non-profit.
Considering that the Algiers ferry has been a fixture on the river for years, its demise seemed to come suddenly. The ferry lost its main source of funding, the Crescent City Connection tolls, earlier this year. No private company stepped in to take it over.Dreams to turn it into a party boat foundered.
A new series of highly visible art, preservation and reconstruction projects in New Orleans have popped up throughout New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina — work that strives to retain the integral nature of the city’s culture and promote resilience. But things don’t always go according to plan, and sometimes projects are abandoned midway. This is a story of preservation gone wrong, one group’s response, and a look towards the future.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson visits the blighted homes in the Hoffman Triangle that were moved from the VA Hospital Footprint in 2010 and remain abandoned, save for some new (and temporary?) exterior art installations.
As we all know, June marks the official start of hurricane season. In today's Northshore Focus, George Bonnett looks at two important support services that are on call in St. Tammany Parish this season.
The "Northshore Focus" on WWNO is made possible with support from The Northshore Community Foundation.