Thursday, September 6, 2007

Rip's rises above the waves.


The New Orleans region is changing after the effects of Hurricane Katrina and with the massive rebuilding that is progressing. These two photos give a sense of that. Above is the old Rip's (a favorite Mandeville lake front restaurant) as we saw it a few weeks after the storm -- a ball of water from the lake had ripped (no pun intended) through the ground level eatery and totally smashed the inside, blowing out all the glass.

Below, the new Rip's rises to new heights. The dining is on the raised floor. The bottom area is convenient for sitting as the sunset sends cool lake breezes in -- a troubadour or two are often the fare there. The new Rips also gives a great view of the lake.

The New Orleans region is coming back better -- any comments to the contrary are shortsighted.

--steve buser


10 comments:

Felicia said...

What a change! The new structure is really rising to the occaision. ;)

Jules said...

If often takes a catastrophe for things to be done properly. What a beautiful and more pleasant building this new one is - cooler, more aesthetically pleasing to the eye and obviously more able to handle high water levels.

It looks like New Orleans will be a whole new and better place to live and visit!!!

Chandlermom said...

Wow, so glad they were able to come through on top!

tweeboowee said...

wow, that looks amazing....yeah, i do see the progress in nola. keep up the great photo journalism.

Chris said...

While the new structure is beautiful, it's sad that a catastrophe the size of Katrina destroyed so much of the area.

Moi said...

that's great. i hope the recover's faster and long lasting , Steve

Moi said...

* recovery's

Lynette said...

I am so glad to hear your remarks about the return of New Orleans. Thank you for your insight.

• Eliane • said...

Glad to read about this. And the new building perpetuates the N.O. charms.

Neva said...

How wonderful that it is coming back so well....I like it this way...