This a except from a local black weekly about Lousiana has been doing since the Hurricanes. Watchdog group Charity Navigator estimates that about $4.5 billion was donated to charities for Katrina relief. Most of those dollars have not made it to their intended destination. Because the cameras are gone, we don’t know that a third of the addresses in the city are vacant or abandoned, the highest rate in the nation. We don’t know that rent rates have doubled and tripled to keep poor folks out of the city. We don’t know that thousands are squatting and thousands more are homeless. We don’t know that 82 percent of the landlords refuse to accept Section 8 vouchers, according to New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. We still don’t know the identity of some victims because of budget restraints to analyze DNA. We still don’t know the exact number of missing and dead.'] http://www.stlamerican.com/articles/2010/03/05/news/columnists/ljamala04.txt I always wanted to go to New Orleans, and may still; but I fear it will never be the same. I fear it has lost its heart and soul and what remains is a whitewashed version of something that is trying to imitate but can no longer be if these trends describe above continue. So if you visited there and especially if you have lived there or currently lived in New Orleans or Lousiana, how it going there now?