Producer/reporter June Cross and her team continue their reporting on this story on this affiliated site. Explore the controversy over post-Katrina insurance payouts, watch outtakes from the film, find out how federal recovery money has been spent and, using an interactive map, track the progress of the Road Home housing assistance program.
Government Web Sites
The corporate Web site of the professional services firm hired to administer the Road Home program features answers to frequently asked questions
about the Road Home, along with press releases responding to media criticism of the company's performance.
Articles and Reports
Post-Katrina Promises Unfulfilled
Five months after Katrina, the Washington Post
sized up the federal response and found it lacking. "While the administration can claim some clear progress, Bush's ringing call from New Orleans's Jackson Square on Sept. 15 to 'do what it takes' to make the city rise from the waters has not been matched by action, critics at multiple levels of government say, resulting in a record that is largely incomplete." See also the Post's special report
on the 2005 Hurricane Season. (Jan. 28, 2006)
The Lost Year
One year after Katrina, this New Yorker
portrait of the Lower Ninth Ward looks at how corporate and government redevelopment plans run up against residents' desires to preserve their homes. Reporter Dan Baum quotes one onlooker: "It's absolutely criminal -- people looking out a downtown hotel window, making statements about neighborhoods they never visited much to begin with, saying nothing can be done and nobody wants to come back." (Aug. 21, 2006)
Reading. Writing. Resurrection.
Amy Waldman looks at the changes to New Orleans' troubled public schools in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. But, Waldman asks, "Can you rebuild a school system when you haven't decided whether to rebuild a city?" (January/February 2007)
New Orleans' Wrecking Ball Levels Healthy Homes
NPR's All Things Considered
profiles a pastor whose church met the same fate as Mr. Gettridge's house on N. Dorgenois St. in the Lower Ninth Ward: both were demolished by the city without notice. For more NPR reporting on rebuilding New Orleans, visit their regularly updated "Katrina & Recovery" page.
(Jan. 22, 2008)
Audio: New Orleans Three Years After
Public Radio's Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland traveled to New Orleans in the summer of 2008 to look at its recovery three years on. She finds there's a lot of reconstruction yet to be done.
Political Corruption Smackdown
Louisiana's reputation for corruption was a major factor in the federal government's caution in allocating funds after Katrina. In the wake of the scandal surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attempts to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder, Slate
editor Jacob Weisberg offered this amusing comparison of the two states' checkered pasts. (Dec. 13, 2008)