The last decade in New Orleans brought a rush of money, construction, tourists and second-lines, expats returning home, young people flowing in, billions in real estate deals, a budding tech industry and booming restaurant scene – even a new nickname: NOLA.
Accompanying this so-called New Orleans renaissance was hope for widespread economic growth and the promise of renewal in a city long marred by entrenched poverty, corruption and crime.
The economic boom since 2009 is undeniable, visible with a quick drive around the most popular historic neighborhoods. A new kind of urban wealth arrived, building on the national trendiness of city centers and the allure of the New Orleans lifestyle.
But evidence shows that while some thrived, many New Orleanians have been left behind.