10 Years After Katrina, the 10 Best Things to Read

Is New Orleans ready for another big hurricane?
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2015 2:44 PM CDT
10 Years After Katrina, the 10 Best Things to Read
This combination of photos from Aug. 30, 2005, and July 29, 2015, shows downtown New Orleans flooded by Hurricane Katrina and the same area a decade later.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Here are some of the stories catching our eye to mark the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:

  • New Orleans Is Still Not Prepared for the Next Storm, the Atlantic: Improvements made by the Army Corps of Engineers have helped, but more infrastructure investment is needed.
  • Katrina Washed Away New Orleans' Black Middle Class, FiveThirtyEight: The recovery has left behind many African-Americans who still make up the majority of the city's population.
  • 6 Young Survivors Relive Hurricane Katrina, the Storm That Changed Their Lives, MTV.com: “There were police officers [in small rowboats] … coming to get as many people as they could."

  • New Orleans Is Haunted by the Death of Vera Smith, the Independent: Five days after the storm hit, her body lay where it fell, until it was finally buried in a makeshift grave. It symbolizes the "utter breakdown of authority."
  • Half of New Orleans Remains in Ruins, Newsweek: The story is illustrated with photos.
  • A 'New' New Orleans Emerges 10 Years After Katrina, Christian Science Monitor: An "engaged populace and a surge in millennials" helps re-energize the city.
  • 'New Orleans West': Houston Is Home for Many Evacuees 10 Years After Katrina, the Guardian: About a quarter-million residents fled to Houston after the storm, and many still remain.
  • If You Want to Understand Black Lives Matter, You Have to Understand Katrina, Slate: The storm exposed our "amazing tolerance for black pain."
  • Dear New Orleans, by Steve Gleason at Evacuteer.org: The former Saints player who inspired the city pens a love letter to New Orleans.
  • The Myth of the New Orleans School Makeover, New York Times: An essayist doesn't think the "New Orleans miracle" is all that it seems. But here is an opposing view about that.
(More Hurricane Katrina stories.)

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