Members of the Algiers Brass Band play in a jazz funeral procession in New Orleans to mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Aug. 29, 2006.
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The Algiers Brass Band marks the Katrina anniversary with a jazz funeral procession in New Orleans, Aug. 29, 2006.

Katrina Victims Still Struggle to Find Way Home

A year after Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, many of those displaced still haven't returned home. Funds for rebuilding remain scarce. In New Orleans, a lack of basic services, troubles with contractors and skilled-labor shortages complicate the situation.


Exploring the 'New' New Orleans, by the Numbers


How has the Crescent City's racial and economic make-up changed since the storm? What's up and running? An interactive look at the city's changing demographics. Web Extra: Interactive

Where the People Are

Rebuilding New Orleans, One Neighborhood at a Time

Map of New Orleans. Credit: Doug Beach

August 28, 2006 · A neighborhood-by-neighborhood survey reveals a city slowly fighting to return.

Web Extra:Interactive Map: Neighborhood Updates


Tracking the Katrina Diaspora: A Tricky Task

Karen Dalton.

August 25, 2006 · Katrina drove more than a million people from their homes, but no national database tracks where they are. What is clear is that hundreds of thousands of evacuees remain away from home. Web Extra: Where Are They Now? A Survey

Views of New Orleans Today
How the Culture Came Back

Sounds of a Resurgent Crescent City

Irma Thomas performs at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Photo: Laurent Gillieron/epa/Corbis

August 25, 2006 · In the year since Katrina struck, the musicians of New Orleans have struck back with their art. Hear 10 songs that convey their spirit, spunk and commitment to the city.


A Love for Green Tomatoes

Green tomato slices.

August 25, 2006 · Tasting a familiar food can trigger instant memories of simpler, happier times. For New Orleans resident Gail Naron Chalew, piquant green tomatoes are inextricably linked to the Big Easy. Web Extra: Favorite Recipes


Katrina Books Shed New Light on Disaster

Cover detail of 'Breach of Faith.' Credit: Random House.

August 25, 2006 · There's much to be learned from new books on the storm: about global warming, how cities live or die, the science of levees and the stunning human dramas it spawned.



The ones I've talked to say they're not going back [home]. It's different out here, they like it out here... I've had some that, you know, 'We have apartments with washer-and-dryer connections and air conditions and stuff,' and they said they didn't have that at home.
-- Police Officer R. T. Lewis, who patrols an area of Houston where many Katrina evacuees have settled.


NPR Podcasts A special podcast explores the legacy of one of America's worst natural disasters, with current and archival reports from NPR.

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Envisioning the Future

What will the Gulf Coast look like 50 years from now? We asked historians, writers and area residents to share their visions of the future:

Jeffrey K. Bounds

Katrina Was Nothin' Compared to Quentin

Ellis Anderson

The High-Rises Sink But Bay St. Louis Stays Afloat

Jason Berry

Now They Call It ... the Big Uneasy

Mark Davis

It's Green, It's Lean and It's Definitely Not Mean

Sylvana Joseph

Welcome to the United States of New Orleans

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WWNO in New Orleans presents a 90-minute special, "Katrina: Nine Lives," tracing the storm stories of nine different city residents. Listen here.

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