We sometimes wonder down here how much people elsewhere assume things must be getting back to normal in New Orleans. If they do assume that, I suppose it's understandable. The various news media are set up to report on what's happening, and when the big story is on what is not happening -- as is the case in New Orleans, where the issue is all the things that should have happened by now but didn't -- well, the media just aren't that good at letting people know.
So sometimes the local folks just have to do it themselves. And thanks to the internet, you can see it. Link to here and press the play button.
Just for perspective, I used to shop at the hardware store he's walking in front of, and I liked to eat lunch in that Chinese restaurant whenever I was in Mid-City at mid-day. Not great Chinese food, as there is none in New Orleans, but nice people, a nice atmosphere, very pleasant. The loss of these places is not hypothetical to me, not at all.