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Ten years ago this month, America—and the world—was shocked by the chaos that unfolded after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Katrina’s astonishing force burst the decaying levees the United States government built to protect New Orleans, sending water over 80 percent of the city and killing more than 1,800 across the South. In the aftermath, more than 1 million people were dispersed across the country, causing the largest and most rapid human migration in modern North American history.
In so many ways, Katrina tested the American spirit. It exposed the vulnerability of even the most seemingly comfortable—Katrina did not care if you were white, black, or Latino, wealthy or middle class. It also painfully showed the deep rift between the city’s most comfortable and its poorest citizens, who lacked the means to escape the storm’s path. Suddenly, New Orleans was flooded, drained of many of the people who made it one of America’s most remarkable cities. Katrina forced us to think about what a city can, and should, be.
Now, TakePart introduces you to “Project Katrina: 10 Years of Resilience in New Orleans.” When we conceived this project, our goal was to examine the people and ideas driving the city’s recovery, and the lessons they might offer the world. There’s much to celebrate about New Orleans today.