New Orleans native Burnell Cotlon has spent the last five years on a mission. He's turning a two-story building that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (along with most of his Lower 9th Ward neighborhood), into a shopping plaza. Watch.
The Louisiana Gulf Coast and New Jersey Shore stand out as two American regions most traumatized by hurricanes in the last few years. Yet, while the losses for many will be lasting, the mood of tragedy is being gradually lifted by a refreshing storm of culture, particularly in music.