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Author: Kathryn Hencir

The House on Piety

We’re building in the Upper-Ninth Ward, and only a few blocks away from our site rests a street called Piety. I walked down that street today. I’ve thought so much about this street, and a particular house on it. We built a house here last year, the Berklee crew and I. During grueling hours of construction, we were blocking the interior walls and started the beginnings of the roof. Last June, the house looked like this.


A year has passed, and we’re walking down Piety once again.

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Kathryn, coming back

It seems as though we as society forgot the meaning of social capital. Sure, technology and the demands of hectic daily expectations may overshadow this sense of connection to others, but it can also be painfully isolating. Technology is a brilliant and necessary tool, but it’s not going to provide friendship or a hug during trying times, or, in the case of New Orleans, provide sweat equity for a new place to live when a home is lost along with every single material possession a person has ever owned.

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