VIDEO: “The city asked everybody to come back and rebuild – rebuild it better. We did.”

Posted on: December 9th, 2008 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

Homeowner and New Orleans native Gayle Ruth was one of the first people to return to her historic home in the Lower Mid-City neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina. In the video below, she talks about the excitement that grew over time as people came back and renovated their homes -- and how all of their work may now be "for naught" as the area is the desired locale for a new hospital complex.

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

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One Response

  1. Honor Spitz

    December 10, 2008

    Whoa, whoa, wait a minute. You can’t, I repeat, YOU CAN’T mow down this lovely historic district, especially after the courageous efforts of its residents to re-build!! This goes beyond crazy.

    What can I do? What can any of us do to stop the bulldozers? Please, please, get the word out, let us know how to help!!

    Honor Spitz
    Mountain View, CA.