Saturday, September 24, 2011
Annihilate, verb \ə-ˈnī-ə-ˌlāt\
"to cause to cease to exist"
A helicopter flight reveals the tragic scene in New Orleans, where hundreds of structures - and hundreds of people, along with dozens of businesses - have been carved out of the cityscape.
In the first photo, the wreckage of the recently occupied Blood Center facility lies strewn in the upper left corner of the shot. Nine houses sit in a staging area for theoretical moves off the site. McDonogh No. 11 School, too, remains. Four additional houses, near the bottom of the shot, are to be moved off, also in theory, at some future date. Note, too, that the high voltage power line still crosses the site and one lonely tree is cordoned off with orange fencing.
The second photo shows the former Grand Palace Hotel and the large existing parking structure behind it. They are scheduled to be demolished in about November.
The final photo shows the full extent of the loss in both the VA and UMC footprints - the vast, unnecessary emptiness.
*All photos in this post courtesy of Ms. Sandra Stokes.