New Orleans leaders long believed that the city’s safety lay in draining the soggy mud sponge it was built on. But as it drained, it also shrank, pulling most of the city below sea level. Officials now say the best way to control the damage roiling the area is by keeping that sponge full. First, they need a way to monitor what’s happening below.
Four months after The Lens reported that 60 percent of school-zone lights in the city were broken, little progress has been made. Our latest survey, done in mid-May, showed an improvement of just 9 lights. The city promises to fix them all by the start of school. It made the same promise two years ago.
ProPublica has published health and safety reports for more than 300 ships that dock in the U.S., including those that dock in New Orleans. We checked the logs and found a few serious problems and lots of lesser ones.