Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Coming home to the projects in New Orleans...

Terry Pierre and Pamela Mahogany - Hurricane Katrina evacuees who had gone to Houston and Baton Rouge - set up their tents outside St. Bernard, the largest project in New Orleans. The residents promised to gut and rebuild their own units, and they said they planned to be back permanently, with or without the city's permission, as soon as their work was done.

Residents of the projects in New Orleans are running out of patience and are taking matters into their own hands. Some are cleaning out the apartments where they used to live. The needs of residents of low-income projects are generally low on the list of priorities for government officials.

More power to the low-income folks in New Orleans who are moving back to their apartments and demanding decent living conditions.

(Photo: Ozier Muhammad / The New York Times)