Last month Mr. Gettridge came to the NCDC meeting to hear the fate of “Sister Gertrude Morgan’s House”: Mr. Gettridge had purchased her home after she passed away many years ago.

The house had floated off it’s piers after the levees broke. And Mr. Gettridge wanted to save some of the roof tiles before it was demolished. Unfortunately because of a communications error he was told he would have time to save them and that the house would be demolished at a later date. This was not to be.

One has to marvel at Mr. Gettridge and not because of his age, but because of the skill, talent and dedication he has and which he shares with all of New Orleans.

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Karen Gadbois

Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use. With television reporter Lee Zurik she exposed widespread misuse of city recovery funds and led...