Welcome to Crescent To Capitol,
the shared home of WWNO New Orleans and WRKF Baton Rouge.

Here you’ll find our collaborative effort to tell southeast Louisiana’s biggest stories; to give you what you need to better understand and navigate your world.

Right now, the big story is the coronavirus pandemic.
In fact, it will be among the biggest stories of our lifetimes.

So we’re going big to tell it.

From the Crescent City to the Capital City.

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Coronavirus in Louisiana

As the coronavirus devastates New Orleans East, it seems everyone agrees: not enough is being done to help

As the city expanded, the low-lying, swampy area promised space and opportunity. Black families moved there en masse, and services like grocery stores, malls and jobs followed. But the growth stalled and the far-flung, sprawling region started suffering from disinvestment and white flight. Crime and blight followed. After Hurricane Katrina hit, many businesses never reopened. Hotels, schools and stores shuttered. Now, residents complain about feeling forgotten.

That feeling hasn’t subsided as a pandemic sweeps the world.

The new frontline of food relief in New Orleans

The New Orleanians responding to the COVID-19 disaster by starting food relief programs don’t think of it as charity. They think of it as solidarity. Mutual aid.

Some groups that have stepped up, like Familias Unidas, were already doing this work. Others, like the NOLA Tree Project, were doing entirely different work. And others didn’t even exist before the coronavirus hit. They came together in the crisis.

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Coronavirus in Louisiana

More people are struggling to feed their families, and food pantries are struggling to keep up

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Louisiana had one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country, with one in five people at risk of going hungry.Second Harvest projects that will increase to one in three people.

In the month following business shutdowns in Louisiana, there was a 400 percent increase in applications for SNAP benefits over the previous month. And emergency calls for food aid to the United Way more than doubled compared to this time last year.

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Water Ways

Nearly 5,000 miles apart on this changing planet, New Orleans and the Netherlands have one big challenge in common: water.

New Orleans Public Radio and The Times Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate sent reporters Tegan Wendland and Tristan Baurick to the Netherlands to explore new best practices around water management and climate change adaptation.

The resulting series — part of the Pulitzer Center’s nationwide Connected Coastlines initiative — digs into how we can adapt to river flooding and more intense storms, how we undo past mistakes, what it means to “build with nature” and much more.

This is Water Ways: Dutch Lessons for a Changing Coast.

Dutch cities are letting the water in

Last summer the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries flooded for months, causing more than $20 billion dollars in damage. Climate change is bringing more heavy and frequent rainstorms, a threat many flood protection systems were not built for. Rivers creep over levees or burst them. There’s nowhere for the water to go.

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