Locals know it as The Biloxi Strip, the hopping section of Beach Boulevard from DeBuys to Rodenburg, chock-full of hotels, motels, nightclubs, fast-food and seafood restaurants, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and playtime attractions such as miniature golf.
   Even before Katrina, the Biloxi Strip was going through a metamorphosis of casinos and condominiums and proposed closings of longtime family-entertainment places.
   But to many it was still the Biloxi Strip, a place apart from the rest of the city, a place that lured both locals and tourists to its many offerings, and even a beach to walk on.
   Today, the Sun Herald Before and After continues with the premise that a photograph can be worth a thousand words. The long view from Sun Herald photographer John Fitzhugh's lens can say more than a writer's storytelling, so we chose a set of photographs that need little explanation.