No one can deny that Hurricane Katrina changed New Orleans forever. The city is still recovering from the devastation following the storm and the levee breaches. We still have 73,000 fewer jobs than before the storm and while the number of blighted properties has significantly decreased in the past four years, down about 10,000 since 2010, there are still more than 33,000 blighted properties in the city, each of which costs about $16,000 to tear down!
But despite these challenges, New Orleans has many positive signs of recovery. The city has more start-ups per capita than any other city in the U.S., and we've added 85 miles of bike lanes throughout the city as streets are rebuilt. The population is growing, too; about 11,000 people have moved to the city each year since 2010. You can see evidence of the rebirth of the city anywhere you go, from the construction that comes hand in hand with rebuilding efforts to the vibrancy that continues to permeate our old and new neighborhoods. New and old businesses together are working to keep the spirit of the city alive, and visitors like you are a huge part of ensuring that New Orleans continues to be the beautiful, vibrant, jewel of the South that we love. Laissez les bons temps rouler!