New Orleans is a city that endures, and despite 300 years of development, disaster, and change the city has never lost its soul. Still, the city has changed since Katrina struck and those familiar with the city before may need a little help finding their way back into the heart of things. Redevelopment, disaster recovery, and changing times have sculpted the city in new, interesting ways.
These days New Orleanians describe their lives using the terms "pre-Katrina" and "post-Katrina."
The devastating hurricane and its aftermath are still felt nearly eight years later. But since post-Katrina New Orleans has shed its storm-sacked facades, a canvas of design opportunity has taken root.
There's a new buzz in the city, and signs of real recovery are showing in repopulated neighborhoods where rebuilt and renovated homes in both traditional and contemporary styles are springing up.
And the energy has certainly spread outside the city's borders. The city had the second-highest number of visitors in its history in 2012. The record before that was in 2004, the year before Katrina hit.