Monday, September 05, 2005

On The Future of New Orleans

Can a metropolis 80% under water rebuild itself?

Rebuilding the Big Easy will not be easy.

Katrina, the worst natural disaster in US history, was topic du jour on Sunday's Meet the Press.

One of the most disturbing aspects of Katrina's aftermath was the government's abysmal response effort.

There was no water, no food, no beds, no authorities until the shit really hit the fan.


Perhaps Katrina will go down in the history books as an example of Americans being abandoned by their own country.

Let's hope not.

An infrastructural dilemma, an environmental mess, a national and irrational energy fiasco.

Rebuilding New Orleans will be an apocalyptic challenge.

It must be rebuilt -- one congressman put it on Sunday -- as the diverse cultural gumbo that it's always been.

If there was ever an occasion to borrow money, this is it.

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