Biloxi, MS, USA
casino ruinsIn 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I spent a few days in Biloxi, working with a volunteer organization called Hands On USA to assist with recovery efforts. This photo was taken in December, three months after the hurricane landed and the town was still largely devastated.
One feature of the town was that its beachfront was lined casinos, built on barges to accomodate puritan requirements that the casinos not be within the city limits. During the storm surge, those casino barges were turned into thousand ton steamrollers that just ploughed into the waterfront.
When I was there, the casinos were pushing through legislation to rebuild inland and were buying up ravaged lots for pennies on the dollar. Many residents, when faced with the task of rebuilding their homes or selling off to casinos and moving, were choosing to just abandon the town.