Wednesday, November 17, 2010
We headed west along Robert E. Lee Boulevard, ambling through the stylish estates of Bucktown, then moseyed south on Marconi Drive, skirting City Park. From there we angled back to the French Quarter and kept going to the Lower Ninth Ward, the neighborhood virtually wiped out by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flood. Today, it's a vibrant construction zone, where traditional New Orleans architecture is being reinterpreted in a series of post-modern single-family energy-efficient homes striking in their bright colors, sharp angles - and tall foundations. The actor Brad Pitt has had a hand in this revival, and I saw someone who looks like him standing on a balcony of one residence nearing completion, but he wasn't wearing a tool belt so it must have been someone else.