“When I get home, I drive around the city, go to some of my old spots, just hang out with people,” he said. “You see the city is rebuilding, but we’ve still got a long way to go. It’s just different, man. You have so many people that were lost. The spirit was kind of broken for a second. But New Orleans people, we’ve been through a lot. We love our city, man. We love to have a good time. We love for people to come have a great time with us.”
Even amid the lingering devastation, there are hopeful signs of progress. In the Lower Ninth Ward, for instance, construction workers were on the scene at several odd-shaped, energy-efficient homes going up with funding from a group led by actor Brad Pitt.
“I appreciate everything he’s doing,” Weaver said, though he quickly added that the remnants of Katrina are far, far more prevalent in this part of New Orleans.
Through all the hardship, Weaver doesn’t seem the least bit bitter about his plight. He’s proud the Super Bowl has returned to his hometown for the first time since Katrina, and he was pulling hard for the Ravens to beat the San Francisco 49ers. This being New Orleans, the occasion will be marked with adult beverages and plenty of food – gumbo, red beans and rice, a big pot of crawfish.
But, for all those Super Bowl revelers who might think everything has returned to normal in the Big Easy, Weaver has this message:
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