Re: Plans for rebuilding New Orleans

Subject: Re: Plans for rebuilding New Orleans
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2005 10:41:36 -0500

When the real costs of cleanup--let alone the costs of
rebuilding--begin to be determined, it will be very interesting to see
if the American people as a whole will feel responsible for bearing
those costs to rebuild a city that is in a perennially-dangerous

While Dennis Hastert has been widely derided for suggesting that
perhaps New Orleans shouldn't be rebuilt, that is a sentiment that
seems to be growing--according to the latest polls.

The government there has been chronically corrupt, with little
effective efforts in living memory to curtail the level of crime.
Putting massive federal tax dollars into the hands of politicians
there will be an interesting exercise, to put it mildly.

At the same time, there must be an infrastructure in the region to
support a population needed to populate the necessary resources--such
as the port, transportation, and energy sectors. However, I would
imagine that serious attention will be given to other locations within
commuting distance that may be less of a danger.

As far as turning it into a city of canals--that is quite fanciful,
but still does not address issues of flooding nor of the incredible
difficulty in creating sufficient foundations for buildings on ground
that would be permanently unstable.

Assuming for the moment that rebuilding in the present location is an
option, it seems clear that the population that is willing and able to
return after many months of cleanup will be much smaller than lived
there b.k. ("before Katrina").



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