Six years after Hurricane Katrina. Apparently too expensive either to rebuild or tear down. Bet the Japanese would have a different approach to it. The land is not earning anything in this state, and you still have to pay land tax on it.
BTW, it must have been insured? Is it too expensive to insure against hurricanes? Or do the insurance companies go bust when this happens? (If so, that makes the contract worth little more than the toner on it, ya?)
It's interesting how such places/pictures evokes mixed feelings. Sadness and desolation, mixed with Schadenfreude and smugness.