Thursday, January 26, 2006
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So what do people think about rebuilding New Orleans?
Some of my colleagues here at the University of Chicago have been conducting some veeery interesting public opinion research on post-Katrina New Orleans. Here are some snippets from the press release:
The process of deciding how to rebuild New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is undermined by sharp racial gaps between blacks and whites about what should be done, according to new research by political scientists at the University of Chicago.posted by Dan on 01.26.06 at 08:23 PM
Kind of a moot point. If actual rebuilding had started within 4 weeks, it might have been done. But at this point, and with no realistic plan for securing NO from the next hurricane in sight (assuming such is even possible, which I doubt), New Orleans will NEVER be rebuilt. Disney might be called in to own and operate the French Quarter, and there will be some sort of settlement to serve the port, but the city as it was will never exist again.
Crankyposted by: Cranky Observer on 01.26.06 at 08:23 PM [permalink]
I'll be attending a conference in New Orleans next week, so I may have an opinion afterwards.
The only thought that occurs to me right now is that we shouldn't assume last year's hurricane season will be the exception over the next 20 years or so. Defending a city like New Orleans from a Cat. 3, let alone a Cat. 5 storm is one thing to talk about if one expects such a storm to approach the city once every quarter-century or so. It is quite another if one has reason to expect storms that strong every two or three years.posted by: Zathras on 01.26.06 at 08:23 PM [permalink]
If political correctness invades this process as it did the rebuilding of the World Trade Center (and yes I am sensitive to the families' pain) NOLA will be rebuilt ina bout 50 years, if ever.
Sort of makes me wonder about the intellectual level of the federal, state and local governments, and the assessment is not good.posted by: save_the_rustbelt on 01.26.06 at 08:23 PM [permalink]
What were the support divides on the Chocolate part?
(God help the politician who calls for a Vanilla city...)posted by: John Kneeland on 01.26.06 at 08:23 PM [permalink]
If you had access to some demographic data on the respondants besides race, it would endear you to readers who try not to be so simpleminded.posted by: Cobb on 01.26.06 at 08:23 PM [permalink]
If you accept that New Orleans should live by the same flood plain zoning laws as the rest of the country, large sections of it will not be rebuilt. Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin could have been protected by a huge flood control dam but it was cheaper (and better for the environment) to just move the town to higher ground and start over.
Hmmm...What do I think about rebuilding an American
Rebuild. And do what true humans do. Learn from
How's that little ditty go?
Pick yourself up;
Dust yourself off;
Start all over again.
Unless, it's Galviston...Then let that worthless
It pisses me off that *I* have to worry about whether "we" should rebuild NO at all. People should be choosing whether or not to rebuild their own property, with their own money. If they had insurance, great. If they didn't, tough.
Unfortunately, it seems like the primary (perhaps only) purpose of government is to transfer money from the prudent to the imprudent, or from those without influence to those with influence.posted by: Sean Lynch on 01.26.06 at 08:23 PM [permalink]
It was always foolish to have such a dense population living below sea level. The only economic justification for that was that the rent in those less desirable areas was lower. The oldest parts of NOLA fared reasonably well after the hurricane, those parts should be rebuilt. Those who are foolish enough to rebuild below sea level should spend their own money to do so, at their own risk.posted by: Tresho on 01.26.06 at 08:23 PM [permalink]
Let's ask another question Should St Bernhards Parish be rebuilt? It had 100% destrution of housing and business. It was almost 100% white. What about the Gulf coast to Florida? It was almost totally wrecked. People are living in tents like a set scene from MASH. All of these places suffer from the same problem they are at or below sea level and will suffer each and everytime there is a hurricane yet you adovocate rebuilding coastal property because they might have insurance. I haven't heard anyone say do not rebuild there because the government will have to come a rescue them or they did not have flood insurance.
To John Kneeland, and those like him,
In numerous actions, varied modes of speech and rhetoric, Vanilla cities are continously called for. Hence, the massive segregation (urban/suburban/rural) of America.
posted by: Junior Cooper on 01.26.06 at 08:23 PM [permalink]
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