The eye opening drive through the city of Detroit during our weeklong trip perfectly showcased the devastation and the challenges that the city faces. The trip was particularly poignant for me because of the striking similarities between my city, New Orleans, and Detroit.
The drive through Indian village, I saw a beautiful neighborhood bordered by crumbling buildings and abandoned homes. Everywhere I looked, I saw the abandoned street blocks, some with only one house in livable condition. It reminded me of the moment I returned home to New Orleans a few months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and disproportionately affected the some of the poorer areas.
The similarities did not stop there: During the last decade following hurricane Katrina, the population in New Orleans decreased by almost 30%, which parallels Detroit’s 25% population decline in the past 10 years.
After viewing the city and the extent of the decline, I couldn’t help but wonder if Detroit will ever make a full recovery some day.