NEW ORLEANS, LA
The abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans once resounded with children's laughter and the shrieks of passengers on the thrill rides. Now the only sound is the drone of the cicadas. The amusement park on the city's eastern edge is perhaps the most high-profile, lingering, and ghostly reminder of Hurricane Katrina's devastation. Ever since the levees failed and flooded the city with water in 2005, the park has stood empty, creating a nuisance for neighbors, a target for graffiti artists, and an eerie landmark for sightseers. Now, the city's mayor says she's getting close to tearing it all down, per the AP. "I have my sights on the Six Flags site, which we are now running numbers for demolition [on]," Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in May.