Friday, January 23, 2009

Say A Little Prayer

Anyone who reads Citizen K. regularly knows that he took an eye-opening trip to New Orleans last spring, and that ever since then he become obnoxiously assertive about the importance of New Orleans, its greatness, and the extent to which the federal government failed it in the wake of the manmade catastrophe initiated by Hurricane Katrina. And remember: Disasters can happen anywhere, and it would be nice to know that we can all count on an effective government response.

Citizen K.'s New Year's Resolution is to do his small part to help by putting a link to at least one article or photo about New Orleans every day. Luckily, there are great resources like the New Orleans Ladder, the New Orleans Daily Photo, Offbeat, and WWOZ. (In addition, these sites help me keep the NOLA Happenings sidebar current.) So:

BeauSoleil performs live in the WWOZ studios today at 3 p.m. CST...

When it comes to FEMA, Congress has its work cut out for it. But there are some things it can do
Real recovery will require action by Congress, especially when it comes to post-disaster housing. Of the many tragic failures of FEMA in the last seven years, those related to housing were among the most conspicuous. And they were caused in part by Congressional blunders.
Amidst the challenges is a remarkable vitality, a life force as artful as the oak trees lining St. Charles Avenue. Live music and Second Lines reflect a city that honors its heritage, while new additions, like the Prospect.1 biennial, embrace the future. It makes sense that this city of rebirth is a locus for sustainable design, green non-profit groups, and art projects that are both innovative and eco-aware.
Friday's Choice: Aretha Franklin -- the incomparable Queen of Soul -- says a little prayer for all of us:


Sylvia K said...

Great post for New Orleans! Love the video!

K. said...

Hearing her sing at the inauguration has got me digging out my Aretha CDs. Even songs I've heard a hundred times blow me away. She's in a class -- a world -- by itself.

SparkleFarkle said...

I think Aretha should have sang this one at the inaug, too. Who knows, maybe it was the spare she had tucked under that spell-binding, bedazzled hat of hers. Hope the weekend's good to you!

Nita Lou Bryant said...

K, this is a noble endeavor.

I had a similarly eye-opening experience on my very first trip to New Orleans in early December 2008. In conjunction with an energy conference at which my husband spoke, we were given a bus tour of energy efficient and sustainable rebuilding projects in Holy Cross neighborhood and the Lower Ninth Ward. Joining us on the tour were Co-directors of the Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) Pam Dashiell and Charles Allen III, who is also Assistant Director for External Relations at the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research (CBR).

Anyone who cares about New Orleans recovery efforts needs to know about the work being done by these two organizations.