A tree grows in Orleans — in fact 10,000 new ones since Katrina

In December 2006, it was another dreary day for a crestfallen city shrouded in fog, but the honking of horns, the whoops from drivers, the volunteers jumping from their cars in business suits all gave energy to a tree-planting effort along Elysian Fields Avenue. For many, it was the first solid sign of recovery, a moment of open elation, and it was the first significant tree-planting effort of the non-profit Parkway Partners following Katrina.

RTA chief tells it like it is: pre-Katrina service won't be restored in depopulated areas

By Ariella Cohen, The Lens staff writer |

The city’s transit chief delivered a blunt message this week: Don’t expect service to return to pre-Katrina levels in parts of the city where significant numbers of people haven’t come home. “Unfortunately, what happens is a mindset that says, if I had it before Katrina I should have it again,” New Orleans Regional Transit Authority CEO Justin Augustine said Wednesday, at a City Council hearing on his agency’s 2012 budget.