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This past weekend I flew to New Orleans to visit family in Baton Rouge. While there we went downtown and had lunch in the French Quarter and walked around a bit. This was my first time in New Orleans and here is what I saw:

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Traffic was horrendous, especially for NO only having 1/4 of their population back:

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Under the interstate in this section were dozens of vehicles, many of which looked new. They all had their trunks popped due to the pressure of being under water during the flood after Katrina hit.

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It's a little hard to see but in this median was a boat. This section of the city still does not have power and the traffic lights are not working:

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Apparently the Saints are planning to play in NO again beginning in September:

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This is a common scene on the side of the interstate to Baton Rouge:

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Unfortunately in this photo it is hard to see all of the tarps on the top of homes and all of the RVs. I'd say between 1/3 and 1/2 of all homes around this area had the blue tarps and RVs or mobile homes outside:

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We passed dozens of these headed towards New Orleans. Most of them had a huge FEMA banner on the back. All of the mobile units were brand new and still had the plastic on them:

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In the distance is a huge refinery. This was taken from the bridge crossing the west side of Lake Pontchartrain.

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Wow, Neo, great pictures of New Orleans as well. I hate that your first visit to that fine city had to be made after Katrina, but it's a great place and I hope you enjoyed yourself there.

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Wow, Neo, great pictures of New Orleans as well. I hate that your first visit to that fine city had to be made after Katrina, but it's a great place and I hope you enjoyed yourself there.

Actually, I almost prepared myself for the worst, but after being in the French Quarter and seeing nearly every shop and restaurant open, full, and lively, I would have to say it was pleasant. We had a nice lunch at the Red Fish Grill on Bourbon St. and I'm not so sure there was an empty seat by the time we left. We went into several shops which were filled with people. Parking spaces were almost non-existant so we had to park close to the river.

For the worst about New Orleans to be said on the evening news, I'd have to say that from my experience of seeing it in person, it's far from the worst of conditions. Even with boats in the medians and cars under the overpasses.

Also, I failed to mention what the big pipes are in the background in the pictures of the cars under the overpass along the interstate. I'm sure all of the locals know but having never been there I asked what they were and I was told they were the pipes that carry the water that is pumped out of the city. Quite interesting. My first guess was oil pipes. :P

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I will be in New Orleans for the first time in my life this upcoming week. I am excited to see the many sites of the city and surrounding areas, but I was just curious as to what people would recommend going to see right now. What are some areas of New Orleans that a group from Grand Rapids, MI should go visit?

I'll be sure to bring my camera...

Thanks! :)

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Also, I failed to mention what the big pipes are in the background in the pictures of the cars under the overpass along the interstate. I'm sure all of the locals know but having never been there I asked what they were and I was told they were the pipes that carry the water that is pumped out of the city. Quite interesting. My first guess was oil pipes. :P

Neo, great pictures. Thanks. Those pipes you saw are pipes leading from the huge pump station at the RR tracks. It pumps water that collects at the underpass where I-10 crosses the train bridge. It's only been there a few years. In the past, before the pump station was built... water used to flood that underpass, rendering I-10 useless as the city's main evacuation route. Unfortunately, it drains water into the now infamous 17th Street canal. So, it was useless anyway because of the breach in the 17th Street canal floodwall.

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I will be in New Orleans for the first time in my life this upcoming week. I am excited to see the many sites of the city and surrounding areas, but I was just curious as to what people would recommend going to see right now. What are some areas of New Orleans that a group from Grand Rapids, MI should go visit?

I'll be sure to bring my camera...

Thanks! :)

In my own opinion... the French Quarter. I'm not sure about the shape of the Garden District, but from what I've heard the French Quarter appears as if nothing ever happened. I LOVE the French Quarter...

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Great pictures, Neo!

I really liked all the photos, but there's something about this one that gets me :D

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Since it was your first time in NOLA, I'm just curious to ask two things;

What was your favorite place or area in the city, and after your time here, would you be interested in coming back and checking out other areas of the city?

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Since it was your first time in NOLA, I'm just curious to ask two things; What was your favorite place or area in the city, and after your time here, would you be interested in coming back and checking out other areas of the city?

We mostly walked around the French Quarter so as far as other parts of the city I probably wouldn't be well aware of the offerings there. I did enjoy the French Quarter however and I would and will plan to go back (afterall, I do have family there). Hopefully next time we can walk around other parts of the city but I was definately pleased with the city.

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