Curbed National: Spray-Painted FEMA X Still Marks the Storm in New Orleans

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Two sets of FEMA markings on this Lakeview house show separate instances when the house was searched. All photos by Michael Winters.

To mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, this week Curbed is looking at how the housing, architecture, and neighborhoods of New Orleans have changed since the storm. Here, writer Christopher Romaguera and photographer Michael Winters on the FEMA markings left on New Orleans houses.

“I see you still got it up?”

I was talking to my neighbor, local writer and woman-about-town Pamela Davis-Noland, when someone leaving her house asked her this question. She had a retort ready: “Baby, you know that’s never coming down.” She was talking about the FEMA markings placed on New Orleans houses weeks, and sometimes months, after the levees broke.

What the markings mean to the city >>

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