Post-Apocalypse Now

CityBusiness provides a detailed peek at the "homeless" lifestyle in one of New Orleans' many large, abandoned buildings:

Above the darkness of the first floor, the building teems with signs of life. In place of piles of bureaucratic papers once shuffled by city workers, there are piles of cigarette butts smoked to the filter and heaps of discarded food containers, clothing and bottles of St. Ides malt liquor and Heaven Hills Kentucky whiskey.

To me, the prospect of fires is the worst aspect of the illegal occupancy, however.  While it's not at all conclusive, the article appears to indicate that homeless fires may have contributed to the recent fire at the old Carpet World building that was burnt to a black heap recently on Canal Street.