The story of New Orleans since Katrina has been called the tale of two cities. I visited the two “cities” during the American Library Association's annual convention in June and was surprised by the condition of each — both the destruction of outlying neighborhoods and the business-as-usual condition of the tourism corridor. Strolling through the French Quarter or along the riverfront to the convention center, it was difficult to find evidence of hurricane damage. A few places here and ...

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