Looting the Ruins of New Orleans

By Julie Dermansky

Jason Jones, a 56-year-old ex-con, supplements his living by scavenging the streets of New Orleans. He has no home, no wife, no children, and no teeth. I spent a recent Sunday following him through his city's blighted housing projects. Six years after Hurricane Katrina, the ruins remain nearly untouched in many places. And without more federal funding, the cleanup effort is unlikely to move forward anytime soon.

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