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Left to Louisiana’s Tides, a Village Fights for Time
Louisiana’s “working coast” is dotted with communities ... the lifetime of their loans and obligations could exceed the lifetime of the town. Indeed, real estate values are relatively high, if only because there is so little to be had.
For the community of Jean Lafitte, the question is less whether it will succumb to the sea than when — and how much the public should invest in artificially extending its life.
By KEVIN SACK and JOHN SCHWARTZ Photographs by WILLIAM WIDMERFEB24, 2018
In partnership with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The Drowning Coast
This three-part special report about the ecological crisis facing Louisiana’s vanishing coast, and the people who live there, is the
product of a partnership between The New York Times
and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.
The West Closure Complex is part of a sprawling hurricane risk reduction system that protects greater New OrleansThe city is visible in the distance.
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