But that's me. Everyone's feelings and experiences carry them through the city differently. What's important to realize is that you can do it wrong. For one, don't let your curiosity about the city's disasters get the better of you. In this town, you can still trespass on people's grief.
When visitors ask Terri Coleman, 30, a public humanities scholar and writer, about Hurricane Katrina, she usually refuses the subject. Occasionally, though, she will answer "just to point out how fucked up that is as a question in the first place." For a decade, she says, people have asked about the storm casually, "like you're some trauma Google."
Instead: Just engage with New Orleanians. Talk long enough with locals about the city, and your questions will be addressed organically.