Post-Katrina, A Neighborhood Changes

The Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans was deluged in the post-Katrina flooding. Today, a new community emerges with traditional renovations living side-by side with unique contemporary buildings.

"Many are thrilled with the wave of new building in the neighborhood, finding in it a strong sign of optimism about the future. But others are left unsettled by the new look.

"There are a couple of ways to look at it, " said Sharon Schmidt, a Lakeview resident since 1993. "Even before the storm, Lakeview was made up of very independent thinkers. Those are the people putting up different kinds of houses. Some are Uptown style, and at least those have their roots in the city. But there are definitely some McMansions and others that are, like, 'What are you doing?' Some of them are just massive.""

A slideshow reviewing some of the most interesting new homes is included in the article.

Full Story: Homes rebuilt in flood-struck Lakeview display gutsy individuality

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