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Monday Photo: Wreckage

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Debris from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Ivan still sits gathered in piles both big and large throughout Pensacola–almost a year after the fact. This particular pile of wreckage sits in front of the entrance to the condos where my dad and stepmom used to live. At the time my folks lived there, it was a pretty nice place–those condos almost could have been considered “luxury,” I think, especially since they were located on the waterfront down by the the navy base.

But now, just like so much in Pensacola, they’re trashed, reminders of a city that doesn’t exist anymore. There’s still a “Pensacola” at the same latitude and longitude, but it’s not the same city. This one’s dirtier, and shaggier, beaten around and scuffed up, but it’s also somewhat harder and has a steelier look in its eye. This new Pensacola will fight its way back to health, I think, and perhaps if this new Pensacola isn’t quite as gentle or as familiar as the old one, hopefully it will be a little tougher and a whole lot smarter.

(Also, this picture reminds me of exactly what the residents of New Orleans, Gulfport, Biloxi and Mobile face in the weeks, months and years ahead. I wish the best for all of you.)

Written by Allen

August 29th, 2005 at 9:22 pm

Posted in Photography

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