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FROM THE HURRICANE KATRINA ARCHIVES
by Michelle Chen
It took Kawana Jasper over a year to get back to New Orleans. Broke and exhausted, she arrived in the city last spring from Houston, only to find that the last leg of her journey–back to her apartment at the St. Bernard housing project–would be the toughest yet. Her home survived Hurricane Katrina, but it will crumble under the city’s plan to demolish low-income housing in the name of “redevelopment.”
by Kimberly N. Chase
Since moving from Massachusetts, Pam Dashiell has come to call New Orleans home, and is now a well-known organizer; Dashiell's work in the Holy Cross neighborhood in the city's Lower Ninth Ward took on added urgency after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Trying to bring the area back to life, she now helps evacuated families decide whether they can make the move back to their city and rebuild their homes.