Death of an American City

  1. Death of an American City

    We are about to lose New Orleans. Whether it is a conscious plan to let the city rot until no one is willing to move back or honest paralysis over difficult questions, the moment is upon us when a major American city will die, leaving nothing but a few shells for tourists to visit like a museum.
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  3. by   Jessy_RN
    I do think that with time, it will exist again. Chaos, confusion, and desperation are taking over at this moment. It will take time in years IMHO but it will be there. Possibly stronger than before.
  4. by   Ted
    I have to admit, Spacenurse, I hold mixed emotions/points of view with regards to rebuilding New Orleans.

    First off, what happened to that city was without question very tragic. The lives lost and changed as a result of that hurricane is mind-boogling. What happened to New Orleans and that area of the country is proof to the strength of "mother nature". On many levels, our living planet (and "mother nature") is not to be taken for granted. The death and destruction associated with recent weather events should not be forgotten. As a society, we should learn, grow and become proactive in providing meaningful preventative and supportive measures against such events.

    But is it wise to build a city on "land" that faces such horrific weather events in the future?? At least, should we build a city on this land that existed like it did before Katrina?? It's not a matter of "if" this area of the country, at or below sea-level, will receive another hurricane, but "WHEN".

    I was watching one of my favorite television channels which aired a special on Holland which, as you know, has its own issues with sea water. This country seemed to come to the realization that things can not remain as they have always been. In order to remain on what little land exists, the citizens of that country were willing to "give up" a part of their land in order to help preserve the rest. Also, some of Holland's homes and buildings are now being built like huge floating boats. This is all being done as a way to realistically cope with their "land/water situation".

    Maybe we should be thinking along the lines of the Dutch?? If building/rebuilding a city is important, how about "floating buildings"??

    I just think we should be open to different options if we are to rebuild New Orleans. But it would be deeply sad to see this city not rebuilt at all.

    There's more that I can write, but Amy is calling me for lunch. :imbar

  5. by   llg
    Quote from efiebke
    I have to admit, Spacenurse, I hold mixed emotions/points of view with regards to rebuilding New Orleans.
    Great post. While I can understand people's desire to rebuild things in ways that are similar to how things were before, it makes little sense to do that. It makes more sense to completely re-design it in ways that are more compatible with long-term stabililty and survival.

    I would very willingly support such an effort to make those changes and help relocate those people who need to be relocated -- but I can't see spending resources on rebuilding things that will just be destroyed again with the next big hurricane.

    From the way I understand it, the long-term errosion problem is a major factor as well. Even without another big hurricane a lot of land is expected to be lost over the next century due to normal errosion. It makes no sense to fight Mother Nature like that -- particularly if you have to ask other people to donate money to do it.

  6. by   Tweety
    It's only been three months.

    I'm tending to agree that it doesn't make much sense to rebuild under such precarious conditions. But we do it all the time on the Gulf Coast. How many times has places like Pensicola rebuilt only to be slammed again. Poor Polk County Florida got hit with three hurricanes in one year and is still trying to rebuild. I betcha Biloxi is rebuilding. Then again, these places weren't a vibrant city nearly half a million. So I too have mixed emotions.

    I agree with the writer. It doesn't make sense to rebuild without assurance that it will be flood proof.
  7. by   Katnip
    Tweety brought up the points I was going to make. We've rebuilt many cities in hurricane and earthquake-prone areas. Often more than once.

    I do think, though that there has to be a way to shore up and protect the area first. The government doesn't have to pay for it all either. There are plenty of private investors and developers who could make a tidy profit doing it.
  8. by   pickledpepperRN
    I think we actually agree. I hope so.

    The President said, ""We'll not just rebuild, we'll build higher and better,"
    The estimated cost is about 1/3 the tax cut passed last week.

    If music is the spirit of a country New Orleans is America's soul.

    I'm not so much thinking it must be the same houses, Circle K stores, and locations.
    But there must be a PLAN. A plan to bring the people who want to return back.
    The musicians, chefs, all the lovers of music and the arts? Without those who grew up where there is a school band marching in the street each and every school day and kids tap dancing on the corner you may as well go the a Disney "New Orleans Square". Where else is being a street musician an entry level job with respect and opportunity for promotion?

    What other city produced a little boy who stopped a war on another continent?
    With a smile and with love?

    Sure Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and Aaron Neville will do OK. But what of the next generation of greats? What of the city they love.
    It will be sad for the world if this goes on too long.

    From the article:
    "If the rest of the nation has decided it is too expensive to give the people of New Orleans a chance at renewal, we have to tell them so....
    ... We must tell them America is too broke and too weak to rebuild one of its great cities."...
    For audio & video -
    How Many Are Missing and Dead After Katrina? Three Months After the Hurricane, the Numbers are Still Unknown
    New Orleans Evacuees and Activists Testify at Explosive House Hearing on the Role of Race and Class in Government's Response to Hurricane Katrina
  9. by   VeryPlainJane
    Bush Administration announces plan to spend 3.1 brazillion dollars to rebuild the levees in Atlantis.. er New Orleans
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    Well whadda ya know?

    Seriously, I hope work goes quickly.
    It will be different. Who knows? Could be new and wonderful.