Brad Pitt is excited to announce his plans to create more than 100 affordable, ecologically sound homes in the Lower 9th Ward. And this weekend, big pink houses were installed in the flood-ravaged neighborhood as symbolic stand-ins for those homes.
Ivory Porter Webb was first worried but so anxious and excited, on Saturday afternoon, just before dusk.

As she drove across the Claiborne Avenue bridge over the Industrial Canal, she noticed something different.

A few blocks in the Lower 9th Ward, along the levee from North Derbigny to North Galvez streets, were studded with odd, very large pink blocks, as big as houses, 100 or more of them, with pink roof shapes lying beside them on empty lots.

The empty lots had been a neighborhood until they were scoured by surging floodwaters after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, then were scoured again months later by bulldozers after the houses that had stood there were deemed unsalvageable. Now big pink blocks stood everywhere.

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