No Time for Café au Lait

Director Ann Macdonald (inset) implemented mandatory overtime for the parks and parkways department employees who didn't flee New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Here, members of her five-employee central business district crew set out 2900 red Coleus plants in Lee Circle on St. Charles Avenue. Photos: Craig Guillot

Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' historic French Quarter district was as famous for its trash as its good times. Now, solid waste franchisee SDT Waste and Debris Service collects refuse twice daily. Owner Sidney Torres consults with department of sanitation director Veronica White on Decatur Street. Photo: Romney Photography

Public works director Robert Mendoza oversees work on Kabel Drive, the first street to be fully reconstructed after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Unlike much of post-Hurricane Katrina's reconstruction, this $4.4 million project was paid for through New Orleans' capital improvement fund. Photo: Craig Guillot

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