I got this from ross_winn ‘s journal. I had to repost it.

Wondering if the Bush administration has an intention of rebuilding New Orleans? Let’s start keeping track of the clues:


Ross…thank you so much for this. My heart is breaking….but the anger will force me to act. Now WTF can I do? I don’t know but sitting here stewing isn’t helping anyone…

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1 Comment on Crescent City and The Grinch who Stole it’s Christmas

  1. Couple of edits included –

    I wrote very extensively on this subject in the weeks and months following the hurricane and flooding. In some respects, I took a pragmatic approach compared to friends and readers in the Gulf who were much more adamant about what should or shouldn’t be done. The approach that I advocated was actually one which wrote off substantial portions of New Orleans due to the levels of damage, flooding and the extremely high costs that would be footed by the tax payers to make the city not just livable, but substantially safer from future flooding.

    It was in effect dying before the hurricane and had been since about 1982. That was the year the Mississippi tried one last time to jump the banks and shift west to a new course. It was the year when several studies concluded that unless the river was able to replenish the Delta wetlands, the area would continue to decline. Much of the public also doesn’t know that the Crescent City is sinking about a 1/4″ a year as is. With the exception of about 20% of the city (ironically the oldest areas), the city is built on mush.

    Much as it may be unpopular, much as it may anger some folks, New Orleans as we knew it pre-Katrina is dead. In seems nature is trying hard to reclaim what decades of poor planning, corruption, environmental ignorance and excess had spawned. Realistically, we should write off the 8th Ward, 9th Ward and everything east of there in the Delta. Unlike the disaster areas on the Mississippi and Alabama coastal, this area should be abandoned back to nature. Next, heavily reinforce the levees protecting the central districts of NOLA.

    Added: Understand that before the storm and flood, the city had 400,000 residents. According to the recent NPR and Reuters reports, the city now has about 50 to 60K people living there. Of those, at least 15K are living without electricity, water or with substantial damage to their homes. The 24 billion requested by Congress to fix the problems was ONLY for the city infrastructure and the Corps of Engineer repairs to the city defenses. It provided minimal funds to the public there. None would go to move people back to the city. On the other hand, many of those who were displaced either don’t want to come back or don’t have the means to start over there.

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