I don't know what Oprah is doing. She doesn't generally advertise what she does, nor does Bill Gates. That kind of money moves quietly.
The situation with Brad Pitt is different because he is showcasing an example of what can be done, and I'm sure it's not just his money, but his pretty face helps draw attention to the project--and hey, it is what it is.
If I ever get around to it, I'd love to take the ride down there--I'm told it's rather odd to see a little enclave of bright and shiny amid the normal "make-do" of some who came back to rebuild on their own, and other houses still boarded up.
I like to look at the pictures, although it's not the same as it was and never will be. I miss the shabby stuff, I really do.
And I'm going to miss more of it from what I understand, as plans to homogenize New Orleans move forward with the planned demolition of even more neighborhoods to make way for a much needed central hospital.
These are sad and confusing days...because those houses? Some of them look a little more New Orleans than the others, and I think it wouldn't take much to make the others less boxy and modern-looking. Throw in an awning or too, will ya Brad?
I'm gonna go practice my guitar. If I have to move to Northern Mississippi I'm gonna learn to play the blues.