Post Katrina Tour
Isabelle in the 9th Ward
Poland Avenue, August 2012
Upper Ninth Ward, August 2012
Mazant and Claiborne, August 2012
Earhardt Boulevard, August 2012
Musicians' Village, Upper Ninth Ward
PRIVATE TOUR, only given by special request to groups of 2 to 13 people
Cost: $ 850. to charter a private 13 passenger vehicle and driver-guide. NOT available as a bilingual tour.
This is NOT the traditional city tour of New Orleans, 90% of this tour is about The Storm's impact.
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On this narrated, 45 mile, 3.5 hour tour, we visit 3 areas of levee and flood wall failures: Upper 9th Ward, Gentilly, Lakeview. See for yourself how our tenacious city, now ten years on the mend, showcases her rebuilding efforts after being hit by the worst "natural" (or man-made?) U.S. disaster while continuing to show her usual Southern charm. Understand New Orleans' past, present and future.
Our Guide will pick your group up and begin with an overview of city starting in the French Quarter, covering the history and architecture of the old Creole city, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Pontalba row houses, Cafe Du Monde and an overall view of the Mississippi River, explaining the importance of our port.
Next you will pass the French Market and the old U.S. Mint, then, through the Faubourg Marigny, head east towards the Industrial Canal to view the largest levee breach which destroyed the Ninth Ward. Witness both the desolation and budding rebirth there, showing Harry Connick Jr.'s and Ellis Marsalis' project: Habitat For Humanity's colorful Musicians' Village, an island of hope and color in the middle of the Upper Ninth Ward still full of desolation and sadness.
Drive along now famous Treme neighborhood, see how the Lafitte housing project has been replaced by nice new townhouses in "Faubourg Treme."
Pass in front of shuttered and closed Charity Hospital and see the new LSU hospital complex construction site.
See the Orleans Parish jail and hear the plight of evacuated prisoners during and after the storm.
View the 'renaissance' of Mid-City, the new apartment complexes and the upcoming market there.
Riding along peaceful Bayou St. John, view raised houses from the late 1700s and understand their architectural significance in a city below sea level.
Driving by St Louis Cemetery #3, we explain our above ground burial system.
In City Park you will see the antique carousel and centuries old Louisiana live oaks before stopping for refreshments and restrooms.
Driving along Bayou St John, we cross over it to get to "Gentilly". On a positive note, admire some of the 101 homes rebuilt there by "Project Home Again," the result of a $20 million gift by Barnes & Noble chairman, Len Riggio.
See both of the London Avenue Canal breaches and the complete destruction they caused to the neighborhood of Gentilly.
We stop to visit the 'Levee Exhibit Hall and Rain Garden' alongside the London Ave. levee breach.
For a city below sea-level, levees are integral to New Orleans' existence as demonstrated by Hurricane Katrina's wrath. Your guide explains the levee system, the flood gates, and the pumping stations as you next arrive at UNO’s campus along Lake Pontchartrain's shores where the longest of all bridges, the Causeway, can be seen.
On the Lakefront, we stop for a guided tour of the New Canal Lighthouse Museum, operated by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Established in 1839, this historic 175 year old lighthouse now offers a unique narrative of the city’s relationship with natural disasters and storm surges, including the likes of Hurricane Katrina.
Continuing along the Lakeshore past the marinas, you will witness the fourth levee breach at the 17th Street Canal and view the destruction it wrecked upon the fishing port of Bucktown and the Lakeview area and the neighborhood's inspiring comeback.
Your journey continues through Carrollton and down to the still devastated Hollygrove area where the lines of Katrina's flood waters and rescuers' markings on ruined homes are still visible.
Once downtown, you will drive through the Arts and the Warehouse Districts, passing by the World War II Museum and around the Superdome and Convention Center before we deliver you back to your hotel.
We extend a huge thank you to all of the people who have helped rebuild our city and especially those who are continuing to help the area with its recovery: Brad Pitt's Make it Right project in the Lower 9th Ward, Habitat For Humanity and their Musicians' Village , Len Riggio's Project Home Again, and the countless individuals who have donated their money, time, and hearts to our improbable city.
Celebrating 37 years of excellence in the tour business!