I recently visited an abandoned school in New Orleans. Walking through the pitch-dark building was creepy – I thought someone was lurking around every corner, waiting to attack. New Orleans is slowly being rebuilt after Katrina's destruction, but many buildings like this remain. The city is a fascinating place to visit, with constant reminders of what happened, and lots of optimism for the future.
This New Orleans school was abandoned in the days before Hurricane Katrina struck. It never reopened.
The rooms that survived the storm's surge have since been vandalized.
Desks are still stacked in the classrooms.
Graffiti explains New Orleans' state in succinct detail.
Barking dogs and a distant train whistle can be heard through an unboarded window.
A creepy tricycle occupies the attic.
Apparitions from better times haunt the doorways.
Almost a decade later, no schoolwork remains.
A newspaper sits frozen in time on an administrator's desk, predicting a reality far different from the one New Orleans got.