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Blights Out, Home Court Crawl, 2014. Performance view, New Orleans, December 13, 2014. Center: Freddy “Hollywood” Delahoussaye. On building: Lisa Sigal, Burning, 2014. Photo: Scott McCrossen/FIVE65 Design.

MORE THAN A DECADE after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is still far from having recovered. Many survivors of the 2005 disaster could not afford the liens accumulating against their water-damaged properties and today find themselves displaced from their ancestral homes. Households and shops remain gutted. Legal forfeitures have been normalized, and officials have resold lost homes to whiter, wealthier people. In 2014, to bring attention to the dispossession of lower-income communities of color, Imani Jacqueline Brown and her compatriots in the collective Blights Out (Mariama Eversley, Bryan C. Lee Jr., Lisa Sigal, Sue Press, and Carl Joe Williams) orchestrated Home Court Crawl, a raucous wake for the city’s housing. A brass band called To Be Continued weaved through the collapsing houses scarring the Mid-City/Tremé area, followed by a crowd of neighbors and supporters singing and

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