The unexpected spot of destruction that my friend James and I found was the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans.
Inside, the park was quiet and still. Judging from the number of abandoned air compressors, there had been at one time a much larger clean up effort that had since been given up. Somewhere on the grounds there was a small construction crew reclaiming scrap metal from the rides. We were able to spend about 45 minutes exploring before one of the crew found us and asked us to leave.
Like all amusement parks, Six Flags New Orleans chose a theme for its few decorations but never worried too much about the incongruities that came of it. The southern belle mannequins under the iron veranda are just around the corner from Gotham City Hall and its DC Super Heroes live action experience. The concession stands had illustrations of gators and french chefs on the outside, but had been serving Aramark hotdogs and hamburgers on the inside. Before the storm, the park was trying so hard to be New Orleans themed but was still failing. Now that its buildings had been damaged by Katrina’s 25-foot storm surge and its grounds were deteriorating from years of neglect, it fit the theme perfectly.