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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mack McClendon's Revival of the Lower 9th

Last year, a crew from the New Orleans trip spent each day doing odd jobs around the Lower 9th Ward. These tasks were less about their physical impact, and more about building connections with the people living in the neighborhood. On the Tuesday of that week, we were brought to an abandoned auto body shop that was being rebuilt as a community center. The man behind the project was Mack McClendon (left). We spent the day cleaning up the warehouse and listening to Mack's stories of the Lower 9th before, during, and after the floods. Rather than attempting to retell his story, I'll let Mack do it for me. Recently he was a guest at The Moth, a nonprofit group dedicated to the art of storytelling. You can access his story, entitled "What Can You Do?" here.


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