By: JoseArturo Trejo
New Orleans, Louisiana
On the 29th of March of this year, I had taken a nine day trip along with my brother to experience the life and culture in the New Orleans, Louisiana.
One deeply concerning matter that definitely received attention from not only the people of New Orleans, but also the tourist is the vast amount of poverty in all areas of the city that span from The French Quarter all through Northside which also cover the Downtown area. Seemingly, to all the natives of New Orleans, it appeared that the current level of poverty should not be attributed to Hurricane Katrina because according to them, the current level of poverty is very similar to that of pre-Katrina.
The two above photos where taken in the the Northside of the city where it was apparent that it was where the city-based locals resided. In this side of the city one could locate the very popular National World War II Museum. Further north, Tulane University and Loyola University seem to only be divided by a street to bring attention to their proximity. Since I was unable to find a photo of myself, I am using a picture that has my brother in it.
In this side of town, proximate to the university was where a lot of construction and remodeling had been taking place. One could make the assumption that it was a result from Katrina, but that didn’t seem to resonate amongst the residents which had said it is just maintenance on infrastructure, pipelines and streets.
These two photos above depict mansions located also in the Northside but not as far north as the universities in an area known as the Garden District. This area is considered to be of the more affluent areas of New Orleans. There is an obvious heavy french influence in the architecture in this side just as there is in The French Quarter. One particularly odd feature that we found to be an interesting characteristic of most of the homes in the Garden District is that many are substantially non-level and have non parallel walls.
Here is a picture taken in the middle of the Bourbon Street, the most attractive street in the quarter and substantially more occupied when compared to Frenchman Street. Here in these two streets was where it became evident that the city had a problem with narcotics. Those involved with drug trade were extremely aggressive with their strategies to make a sale. Poverty was prevalent in the area. Perhaps, it may be the location where the issue of poverty are exemplified the most in the city.
Bourbon street is without a doubt, the place where New Orleans becomes ablaze with culture and tradition. The lights, people,music and foods epitomize all that we have come to understand and recognize relating to life in New Orleans.
The photo here is of one of the hotels located just on the edge of where The French Quarter ends and downtown begins. A street was what divided downtown from The French Quarter and this seemed to be the recurring theme in the city, a single street would divide areas, unlike Southern California where valleys of homes divided most areas.
This photo is a picture of my brother, Isaac, up at three in the morning since our check-in was not until 6 am. The hotel in which we stayed was the Maison Dupuy conveniently located in the streets of the quarter since it is where tourist like spending most of their time.
Here, in the photo above, is an image of myself waiting to cross the street that divides the two universities Loyola University and Tulane University, located in the Northside. I was able to have this location because the filter used via Snapchat illustrates my location.
Life in New Orleans seems to be a constant struggle for those native to it. This has seemingly lead to the embracing of culture by the community to rely on cultural phenomenon such as music just as the genre of music known as jazz that had been born in New Orleans and provided it with legends of that form of art such as Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino. Through culture, New Orleans exerts in many why and how it has become it’s own city and why it is one of Americas many great places to visit.