Yeah, I could have gone around New Orleans only looking for all of this kind of stuff. The climate and the lingering legacy of Katrina mean there's plenty of "feral" architecture. But what amazed me about New Orleans (as a Detroiter) is that when you pan back from this sort of thing, it's hard not to include someone working to make the city better. Like here, where a group of workers were rehabbing what they told me was a community center for a non profit:
Riding a bike all around the city, I was so impressed by the sounds of hammers and power saws everywhere I went, even in some of the worst areas, where the sounds of rehabbing buildings mingled with the calls of wild roosters.
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