September 12, 2005

WHY SAD? (via Robert Schwartz):

A Sad Truth: Cities Aren't Forever (Joel Garreau, September 11, 2005, Washington Post)

The city of New Orleans is not going to be rebuilt.

The tourist neighborhoods? The ancient parts from the French Quarter to the Garden District on that slim crescent of relatively high ground near the river? Yes, they will be restored. The airport and the convention center? Yes, those, too.

But the far larger swath -- the real New Orleans where the tourists don't go, the part that Katrina turned into a toxic soup bowl, its population of 400,000 scattered to the waves? Not so much.

When Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert said that it makes no sense to spend billions of federal dollars to rebuild a city that's below sea level, he added, "It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed." In the face of criticism, he hurried to "clarify" his remarks. But according to Washington lore, such a flap occurs when someone inadvertently tells the truth.


Can't you hear them now: if the ghetto isn't rebuilt W is a racist.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2005 11:54 PM
Comments

There is tremendous opportunity in this disaster to do good. Bush has already tubed Davis Bacon. He could now propose education vouchers for the displaced. Add your own ideas.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 13, 2005 11:45 AM
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