In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina wiped out a large portion of a city that many call home and others call a get-away. New Orleans is a very old city that was founded in 1718 by the French Mississippi Company. So with this city comes a richness of history, and when the hurricane hit, it tried to take that richness with it. But those that are involved in the reconstruction of this famous city are going to great lengths to make sure that the historical richness remains strong.
With reconstruction comes demolition. And with demolition comes lots of trash for landfills. With so many areas devastated by the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina, that makes for a lot of work and a lot of waste.
Many are looking to spare as much from the trash as they are looking to spare history from the landfill. Demolition crews are taking down the houses that cannot be repaired piece by piece to be recycled.
House-part recycling stores have popped up all over New Orleans. These places store pieces of houses that can be reused on other building projects in the city. By this, they not only keep large amounts of waste out of landfills, but they are also redistributing New Orleans history as the parts are used on houses that can be remodeled and repaired.
These businesses have also recognized that rebuilding is expensive. Many homeowners that have returned can get these materials at a fraction of the price of new materials. And they are just as good. There is a shortage of new materials in the city, not to mention a shortage of workers. This has made it more expensive to obtain, and a price relief anywhere is welcomed.
After the flood, abandoned houses were actually victims of thievery. Historical architectural designs were removed from these houses and taken to be sold or used without permission. Sharing the historical goods from around the city is another way that people have been able to overcome this obstacle. And with this, they also save materials on constructing replacements of their stolen items.
It is great to see a city that preserves not only its history, but also the world around it, by reusing the remains of these houses. In this, they will not forget the past, and will make their future stronger by remembering and preserving their city and our earth.