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Summer 2015: Lessons from the Lower 9th

mlab Local, Missions, Summer

Have you ever stopped to smell the roses?  Literally? If you have (kudos to you), you may have received some sidelong glances from confused onlookers. However, you have not just seen the beauty of the rose, but experienced it, and what a difference that makes. Many people have seen New Orleans, whether while visiting here or looking from afar.  People see parties, vibrant culture, lots of rain, good music, great food – you name it (we probably have it). Amidst the typical touristy attractions, you might hear an undercurrent of negativity. Dirty. Lost. Sinful. Godless. But these are words used by those who have merely seen New Orleans, not those who have experienced it. New Orleans is a city full …