My first visit to Pontchartrain Park is on a big day in New Orleans East. I'm met by actor Wendell Pierce, the president of Pontchartrain Park's Community Development Corp., for the opening of the first model home.
Since they're going to be the Class of 2015, we asked fifth-graders at the newly opened Langston Hughes Academy Charter School to tell us what their city will look like on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
In the days after Hurricane Katrina, a flooded New Orleans, and many of its residents, lay sweltering in the heat. Photos taken by Paolo Pellegrin for Fortune in September of 2005 show a city almost entirely uninhabitable, with the few dry areas covered with debris, and most of the city under water.
All New Orleans residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina should be allowed to rebuild if they choose, and the city will not stand in the way of reconstruction in areas considered vulnerable to flooding in future storms, Mayor Ray Nagin announced Monday.
Is it too soon for a city devastated by Hurricane Katrina to hold a party? CNN.com asked readers to share their views. Here is a selection of some responses that said it was too early to hold Mardi Gras following the destruction of Katrina. Some of the responses have been edited.