New Orleans Then and Now: In Katrina's Wake

Photos: New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina, Then and Now
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A statue honoring Spanish-American War veterans keeps watch near the Hyatt Regency New Orleans hotel, shown at top in July 2006. A newly glimmering icon of hope in the Central Business District, the Hyatt nonetheless remains closed to visitors until 2007, according to the hotel's Web site.

Shortly after Katrina hit the Crescent City, the Hyattwith many of its windows shattered by hurricane winds (bottom)reflected a grimmer state of affairs. As the hurricane's first anniversary approaches, New Orleans faces a daunting future spangled with few bright spots.

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