Using surface streets to trace Interstate 10 through New Orleans, you come across a long lot of cars parked under the freeway. The cars continue block after block, in clumps and in lines, whole and totaled. Some cars are missing their wheels, their seats, their doors. A few of these lie next to the cars they came from, but mostly they are gone.
You see men with ratchets and lever arms and tire irons, but whether they're thieves, you don't know.