How to help Texas

How you can help Houston and other cities hit by Hurricane Harvey
This issue is dedicated to our friends, family and everyone in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana who will be dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey for months and years to come.

Harvey relief efforts in New Orleans

Local events and fundraisers
Hurricane Harvey relief efforts began across the New Orleans area almost as soon as the flooding began in Texas. A variety of fundraising programs and events — by restaurants, bars, nonprofits, musicians, comedians, artists, retailers and individuals — already have been held.

Texas relief efforts and groups that need our help

How to help our neighbors
Dozens of Houston- and Texas-based groups have worked locally long before Hurricane Harvey and floodwaters impacted vulnerable communities. Here's what's needed and how you can can help.

Water, water everywhere: the view from Houston

How Houston plans to handle housing issues for thousands of residents
Hurricane Harvey caused unprecedented damage when it hit Texas Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane and dumped feet of rainwater in some places as it hovered as a tropical storm before re-entering the Gulf and making a second landfall in Louisiana, where it caused more flooding.   While Texans begin clean-up operations and repairs and wait for floodwaters to recede around swollen waterways, Floridians brace for Hurricane Irma.

Home at the dome: the New Orleans Saints prepare for 2017 season

Fans have reason to be optimistic after a strong preseason. But can the Black and Gold keep it up?
"I'll believe we're going to be better than 7-9 when we win the eighth game," a friend of mine said the other day. With that, he summed up the skepticism of many New Orleans Saints fans as the 2017 season approaches.

Is New Orleans worth it?

With rising housing costs, stagnant wages and dim job prospects, young professionals weigh the costs of staying in the city
At the end of one sticky month during the summer of 2017, Elizabeth Bolles will have finished packing the contents of her Riverbend apartment. She, her partner, their two young sons and two dogs will then pile into her Subaru and drive 350 miles to Houston, where her partner will start a new job.

Ring masters: artists build a circus scene in New Orleans

Up in the air with aerialists, acrobats and jugglers
It's not hard to spot Elizabeth Rose's Fly Circus Space on North Claiborne Avenue in Treme.

The new progressives

Progressive groups and activists in New Orleans turn their attention to fall elections — and beyond
Pizza, beer and an introduction to democratic socialism. At a recent Monday night meeting of the New Orleans chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a few dozen people gathered in the lobby of a pale yellow building housing WHIV-FM on Orleans Avenue for PowerPoint presentations outlining the history of the organization, understanding intersectionality and how to engage in respectful discussion.

It isn't easy being Greenway

As city leaders pass the reins to those charged with maintaining it, what will be the future of the Lafitte Greenway?
When New Orleans voters choose a new mayor and City Council in November, the Lafitte Greenway will mark its second anniversary. The 2.6-mile linear park has drawn praise for dramatically increasing the open space avail-able to the public and spurring economic growth in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The fall of malls

As retailers struggle, what’s next for malls in Louisiana?
From 2001 to 2004, I spent anywhere from 40 to 60 hours each week inside Woodfield Mall, a megalithic, multi-floored temple of consumption in Schaumburg, Illinois. I worked at a clothing store there, and I did not have a car.

Street appeal: New Orleans life through the lens of Cheryl Gerber

Photographing the street culture of New Orleans
Ever since I was a little kid, I loved being on the streets of New Orleans.

The mayor responds

Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked for space to respond to our story on crime during his time in office. Here are his remarks.
Making our city safe has been and will continue to be my No. 1 priority. That's not just campaign rhetoric — reducing crime is what I think about every morning when I wake up and every night when I go to bed and plug in my iPhone.

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