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  • The Mega Millions lottery number is up above $500 million. A friend asked me what I’d do with that kind of loot. I told him I’d really just want a nicer house in the same South Philly neighborhood. Imagine my good fortune. If I were filthy rich, I’d still want to be exactly where I was.

    Hard to imagine losing your home. Even harder to imagine losing your whole neighborhood. Bree and I visited New Orleans in 2007. It had been two years since Hurricane Katrina, two years since the Lower 9th Ward drowned under the contaminated waters of Lake Pontchartrain. As we wandered the ghost town at sunset, we were chilled by the corpses of a million dead homes.
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