October 26, 2005

SIZE MATTERS:

A Shrinking New Orleans: Mayor Says Infrastructure Can't Support Previous Population (Ceci Connolly and Manuel Roig-Franzia, October 26, 2005, Washington Post)

Mayor C. Ray Nagin, who has vowed to resurrect his crippled city, conceded Tuesday that New Orleans will shrink to nearly half its pre-hurricane population and will have to make do with one-third of its previous budget.

With as many as 250,000 homes uninhabitable and some neighborhoods still lacking basic services, Nagin estimated the city's shattered infrastructure could support 250,000 to 300,000 residents over the next year, compared with the half a million people who lived here before Hurricane Katrina struck Aug. 29.

"That's every available space," he said in an interview in New Orleans City Hall, where signs warn visitors to avoid contaminated basements and workers are replacing blown out windows. Nagin said his staff is scouring lists of blighted properties that could be renovated for temporary housing, as well as scouting for vacant lots, parks and supermarket parking lots to place thousands of trailers.


Perhaps they should be doing the opposite and seeking to tear down more properties in order to develop a smaller-scaled and more community-based city.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 26, 2005 5:27 PM
Comments

I used to live in New Orleans while I was attending Loyola. You hear about the 9th Ward and the Lower 9th Ward being destroyed by Katrina. Parts of the 9th Ward shouldn't have existed, as recently as the 1950's parts of the lower 9th Ward were cypress swamp. All the parts of the city that were flooded severely should not be rebuilt. They should bulldoze it and make green pastures.

Posted by: pchuck at October 26, 2005 5:45 PM

Can we order one for DC, NYC & SF?

Boy am I feeling ornery today.

Posted by: Bruno at October 26, 2005 5:49 PM

They'll be a "micropolis".

Posted by: jdkelly at October 26, 2005 7:41 PM

Planning on a much smaller NO makes sense. Then again why is Nagin still mayor?

Posted by: AWW at October 26, 2005 10:05 PM

AWW:

Who else would want the job today?

Posted by: ratbert at October 26, 2005 11:02 PM
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