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Should New Orleans Be Rebuilt?

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the question remains. What will become of the sodden city that is 80 percent below sea level after the pumps finish removing the flood waters? Is the damage beyond repair, or should we go ahead and restore the city to a condition resembling its former status?

The real answer to the question of rebuilding is yes, and no. This city will never be totally demolished no matter what happens to it. It has been inhabited continually since the 1700s and will continue to be inhabited for the forseeable future. But the hard questions have to do with the large areas of the city, as well as surrounding communities, that are mostly below sea level.

First of all, how is it that a city came to exist below the level of the sea? In its native condition, it wasn’t really that way to begin with. The land that existed before the city did consisted of the Mississippi River and its riverbanks that had built up over time from river sediment. Apart from a few areas, much of the rest of the land the city now occupies was native swamp. Not necessarily below sea level. That process started as eager land developers started looking toward the swamps as a way of developing land into sellable real estate, as the prosperity generated from the port city created a demand for close-in homes. Swamps were drained and then filled in, the land divided into streets and lots and houses. But putting the weight of civilization upon such a muddy base while continuing to pump out water from the land results in a settling effect over time, one that is still occurring.

There have been major efforts to tame the swamps dating back to the 1800s, but the 20th century with its improved technology made the undoable possible. It was obvious from way back that the area was flood prone, and as a response massive levees were built in a process that is still ongoing also. The Mississippi River was always the major worry due to its history of massive flooding. Levees and diversionary channels have allowed the city to even exist at all.

Examining the elevation map (click on thumbnail map) of the city and surrounding suburbs, one can see the obvious problem. Many residential areas are at to noticeably below sea level, here referring to the mean sea level of the Gulf of Mexico which lies 70 miles to the south. The levels of the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain are actually above sea level as they border the city. In other words, the elevation difference is actually worse than it sounds because the main sources of potential flooding exist at a level up to 10 to 20 feet above sea level in New Orleans. That means that land that is at sea level or slightly above is actually in grave danger of flooding as well.

The more historic parts such as the French Quarter tend to fare better than much of the rest of the city because they were built more or less on sensible land, land known to already be safely above the surrounding areas of swamp. These areas bordering the river are the easiest to protect and preserve. A lot of the Central Business District is saveable as well, but only small areas of the residential city tend not to be flood prone in a disaster scenario such as this one.

So what do we do with New Orleans? Build higher and stronger levees, such as the Netherlands did to protect its low-lying areas? The problem the Dutch will always have is that sacrificing their land to the sea would leave a significant portion of their population nowhere to go other than outside of their own country and culture. So as a nation they have made huge if not painful investments in massive sea projects to help protect against cataclysmic flooding, even though common sense might dictate that this is a battle that Nature could ultimately win some day.

In the case of New Orleans, with 480,000 residents within the city limits and many thousands more in the suburbs in flood-prone areas, the United States offers a wide variety of places to resettle. What the returning residents will find when they try to reclaim homes that had been invaded with the murky floodwaters is that the extended submergence will have made things unlivable. Floors and walls will be damaged beyond repair, electrical circuits ruined. Once the water begins to warp and rot the frame of the house, you may as well get the bulldozer. But for those that persist, the final obstacle will be the mold that takes over an inundated structure. Some homes that had minor flood damage will be salvageable, at a cost. The majority of homes within New Orleans will likely have to be demolished, and the surviving ones will face hefty repair bills.

What would it take to guarantee the safety of all below sea level neighborhoods in and around New Orleans? An incredible amount of investment in building larger, sturdier levees. The existing levees, which have been under development for decades and are still far from completed, will now be considered inadequate in the face of what did occur during Hurricane Katrina. They would have to be enlarged considerably, a task so large that it would take decades more to complete. Is it worth it? You’re likely to hear more about this question in times to come.

The easiest solution to this massive and expensive headache is to simply abandon the worst areas in favor of higher ground. The lowest-lying areas could be filled in and rebuilt, but the same disaster potential remains. Eventually the filled-in land would settle just as the existing areas continue to sink gradually lower. It’s a known fact that sea levels are gradually rising, and the phenomenom of global warming is resulting in more frequent and more intense hurricanes driven by rising sea temperatures. It’s time to give up the struggle against the inevitable. The lowest areas should be slated for near total abandonment by not permitting new construction in these zones. In Hilo, Hawaii after tsunamis wrecked the lower areas of the city, parklands have replaced residential areas that were wiped out by the waves. It’s time to do the same for New Orleans. The city and its thriving port and history will go on, but not the waiting-for-the-next-disaster game if sensible measures are taken now.

Frank Waldron is the author of the true crime website The BTK Site, as well as Our Favorite Guru Stories, a website about spiritual-religious abuse.

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  • http://jmaximus.blogspot.com John Bil

    Good post and interesting point.

  • Nancy

    As I mentioned in another thread, Nawlins has been playing Russian Roulette since its beginnings, and this time they lost. The powers that be will allow rebuilding to go on right where it has before, because now there’s even MORE opportunity for developers’ profits than ever. Greed is already in the way, and unfortunately will always triumph over common sense.

  • http://breakingwindows.com/ Ken Edwards

    It does not matter what it takes, N. O. deserves to be rebuilt. It was one of the greatest cities in the U. S. and it will be again.

  • ken

    if new orleans is to be rebuilt. fill in all the land to way above sea leavel. say 40-50 feet above the sea leavel at high tide.

  • Frank Waldron

    Ken’s idea would work, of course, but the city has 180 square miles of land to fill in. If the current city is to be saved, a more likely scenario will be to build levees to that sort of height, which alone would cost an extraordinary amount of money and take many years to complete. This will be the debate you’ll be hearing about in times to come.

  • http://www.dorksandlosers.com Tan The Man

    Filling the land would be pointless because it doesn’t solve the problem that the city has by being situated on soft silt that lowers 3 ft a year.

  • billy

    yes it should be rebuilt. the city is like 250 years old and part of history. but first the dykes should be built to withstand 1000 years.

  • steve

    —a city on the mississippi delta-bad location, will always be in a deteriorating state

    —below sea level…next to a large lake

    —obviously subject to natural disaster

    —too much money going into an economically poor area…will not pay itself back..therefore it is not of interest to american tax payers

    —despite the city being new (hypothetically if it were to be rebuilt) the beautiful new city would be turned into an armpit city in just a matter of years. none of the people who lived there showed that city any respect after it was hit

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    Build a dome over it. With a waterproof dome overhead, it won’t matter how much more of New Orleans sinks below sea level. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. It’s the only practical solution.

    The dome would also protect it from storm surges, hurricane winds, the accompanying torrential rainfalls, and any flooding that originates upriver in the vast Mississippi drainage basin.

    Seriously, people. This is the 21st century, for the love of Pete. We were supposed to already have lots of cities under domes by now. Let’s get with the program here.

  • your stupid

    your stupid… stop talking… new orleans is stupid

  • you guys

    What the heck are you guys talking about….there was a hurricane…what is new orleans? and who is katrina and what did she do to these people…help me out!

  • Liberal

    —too much money going into an economically poor area…will not pay itself back..therefore it is not of interest to american tax payers

    Ah yes, the “I’m rich! Gimmee, gimmee, gimme, gimme some more, fuck the poor, fuck everyone but ME, ME, ME” argument.

    “your stupid… stop talking… new orleans is stupid”

    And of course, the illiterate moron argument.

    I love this site. The worst characterstics of Americans all in one place.

  • you guys

    You’re stupid, because for one it’s you’re not your and you’re a liberal and john kerry lost….so bump your ideas!!….actually you’re right, they shouldn’t rebuild new orleans at least not the slums!!

  • angel_11

    I don’t think they should rebuild the city. That’s a waste of billions of dollars. They are going to rebuild, get situated and the same thing is going to happen again. Science has already proved that it’s only a matter of time before the city is totally underwater. Why waste our hard earnest tax dollars. The city was poor, filthy and horrid anyway. Most people have more now than what they started out with. They had some of the highest poverty and violence, but some lf the lowest education rates in the Nation.

    Why resurrect something like that?

    I say, if they want to reside in New Orleans they can rebuild with their own money and when they next hurricane wipes out the city, they can start from scratch own their own all over.

    American tax payers should not have to pay to rebuild a city that was already in ruins. The people that lived there already knew the risks of living there yet they chose to stay b/c the cost of living was cheap. Us on the other hand made wiser decisions we pay the higher rent but we relatively safe and should have to pay for their bad choices. And say N.O is rebuilt, all the residents(who just so happen to be mostly poor blacks) are going to do is mess it back up. It’s going to look like it did before. The city was raggedy. When I visited N.O it seemed like most of the city was poverty stricken slums. The people are going to destroy the new city and it’s going to look like the slums all over again.

    The convention center situation did have to be as horrible as it was but the group of people made their own situation worst. Judging by the events that took place while they were waiting for evacuation, a city should not be rebuilt for a group of people like. They were totally uncivilized and i can see why the city was in the condition it was in. At times of destruction you have to make the best of a bad situation and the occurrences that took place were not necessary and the sense of unity was totally off. For example, The 7 year old girl that was raped and murdered. With all those people how could someone not have heard her screams. Someone heard and kept going. They could have easily helped her and she would still be alive today. I don’t want to promote and help build a city where that kind of behavior is going to go on. They couldn’t even act trained nor watch out for each other in midst of a disaster.

    The only good thing that can come from the resurrection of N.O is all of the evacuee’s leaving my city.[Deleted in line with BlogCritics Comments Policy]

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  • Bob Jonson

    Wow, you are all wasting your time, im pretty sure George Bush doesn’t care about what your opinion is when (as much as i hate to say it) he makes a decision. Soooo,,, as much as i’d like to keep ranting about your stupidity which i could (except for the liberal, he rocks), im gonna go actually have a life!

  • jeanne

    They should definately re-build New Orleans because that is where I live. It is home to like thousands of people and you cant just not re-build it. I think that everything that angel_11 said about new orleans is just being selfish. THere is no reason why we should not re-build it. Each and every city has its own share of slums and crack heads and alcoholics and mess ups..its not just New Orleans.

    During the hurricane the media was showing mostly the bad side of Nola and making every citizen look like a theif and crazy person. If you have never lived there, you have not truely experienced New Orleans. I could not think of any other place that i would want to live, and for the people who just go there during Mardi Gras..you see people at their worst and the city seems sketchy..but who cares! its my home and i want it back so badly.. it means so much to so many people. NOLA FOR LIFE

  • caitlyn

    ANGEL_11… OH MY GOODENSS!! how can you honeslty be SOOO neive!! first of all, your just too dumb to know where the GOOD parts of town are. i COMPLETELY agree with this Jeanne character above me. I cannot beleive that you honeslty think your city (whichever gay stupid one it may be) does not have ANY problems such as slums. have you ever been to lakeview or lake vista? how about old metairie? because obviously, you haven’t seen where MOST OF THE CITY LIVES!! and uncivilized………..HOW DARE YOU SAY SUCH A THING! if ANYONE in this situation is uncivilized…its people who think like YOU! we are probably the most cultured, civilized people out there, no matter what ANYONE says. ANGEL_11…..YOU ARE THE UNEDUCATED ONE AND YOU HAVE NO EARTHLY IDEAD WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!!!!

  • Katie

    ANGEL_11… WHOEVER YOU ARE…I SUGGEST YOU LIVE IN A PLACE BEFORE YOU JUDGE IT… IT IS KINDA LIKE WALK IN SOMEONES SHOES BEFORE YOU JUDGE THEM… [Deleted in line with BlogCritics Comments Policy] I AM SURE YOU WOULD NOT WANT ANYONE TO SAY THAT ABOUT WHERE YOU ARE FROM… NEW ORLEANS IS WHERE I AM FROM… WHAT YOU SAW ON TV WAS NOT THE “REAL” NEW ORLEANS… NEW ORLEANS IS THE BEST CITY ON EARTH AND WE HAVE SO MUCH LOVE AND WE WELCOME EVERYONE INTO OUR CITY WITH OPEN ARMS… OUR CITY IS SO UNIQUE… AND A LOT OF CITIES CANNOT SAY THAT… NEW ORLEANS IS JUST THE BEST PLACE AND EVERYONE I MEAN EVERYONE WHO LIVES THERE IS PROUD TO CALL IT HOME… NOT EVERYONE IN OTHER STATES OR CITIES IS PROUD TO CALL IT HOME… BUT I KNOW FOR SURE EVERYONE IN NEW ORLEANS IS PROUD TO CALL IT HOME… THERE WERE SOME PLACE SURROUNDING THE CITY THAT DID NOT GET WATER… DO YOU EXPECT EVEN THEM TO LEAVE AND NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE SOME OF THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES NOT COME BACK HOME AT ALL..MY GRANDPARENTS LIVED IN A PART OF MET. THAT GOT FLOODED AND MY HOME IN NEW ORLEANS DID NOT GET FLOODED… DO YOU EXPECT THOSE FEW LITTLE HOUSES THAT DIDN’T GET FLOODED TO NOT SEE THEIR FRIENDS OR LOVED ONES ANYMORE? NEW ORLEANS IS SO FAMILY ORIENTED. SO HOW DARE YOU SAY ANYTHING ABOUT NEW ORLEANS… NEW ORLEANS IS A GREAT CITY… AND FOR ONE THING WE WOULD NEVER EVER EVER WANT SOMEONE LIKE YOU TO LIVE THERE… AND IF YOU DO LIVE THERE THEN YOU BETTER GET THE HELL OUT! WE DON’T NEED NEGATIVE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD LIKE YOU!

  • katie

    you guys whoever you are..you are right we don’t want the slums back..but that is not what all of new orleans is about…if you live there you would know..if you don’t live there then don’t comment on what you saw on tv..that wasn’t the “real” new orleans!

  • johnny

    ANGEL_11……..im not saying anything i am pretty much speachless

    NEW ORLEANS IS THE BEST PLACE ON EARTH

  • Luke

    “The people that lived there already knew the risks of living there yet they chose to stay b/c the cost of living was cheap. Us on the other hand made wiser decisions we pay the higher rent but we relatively safe and should have to pay for their bad choices.”

    You’re absolutely right, it’s their fault for not selling enough crack or pimping enough ho’s to make enough money to move to a wealthier neighbourhood. <–this is sarcasm by the way

  • Luke

    Comment 12 posted by Liberal on September 15, 2005 11:16 AM:
    —too much money going into an economically poor area…will not pay itself back..therefore it is not of interest to american tax payers

    Ah yes, the “I’m rich! Gimmee, gimmee, gimme, gimme some more, fuck the poor, fuck everyone but ME, ME, ME” argument.

    You’re absolutely right, New Orleans should be rebuilt so that poor people in the future can be killed by natural disasters, therefore it’s a good investment, because that reduces the drain on welfare.

  • adam

    how in the hell can you say new orleans should be gone i beet you from northern states and you all rich and shit so what if school bad this place is home for many people how would you feel if someone said this to your state so if you want to say anything else about my city you beeta reconize mother

  • matt

    wow… how about this. i am 14 years old i had everything going good for me, friends family, girls, sports, skewl and all the sundden a hurricane comes. ive lived in new orlenas all my life, you have no right to say it was gone anyway youve probly never been there, youve probly never seen lakeview, lakevista, or laketerece. those are the nicer parts of new orleans. new orleans was where i could walk around the conner and have about 8 friends living on the next street. new orleans was the best place in the world, just ask ne1 whos ever been there. and by the way not every1 in new orleans is how you described them to be, i am white and uppermiddleclass and i atend one of the top 10 highskewls in the nation, and i pretty sure that beats newhere you go or went. [Deleted in line with BlogCritics Comments Policy] i may be 14 but im also the star lineman of the best football team in the state. so i want you to come to new orleans and say what you said in your comment in my face. and one more question for you angel_11. think about this one, after new orleans was under water, after the water was pumpted out, why did people go back as soon as they could, even if you had nothing left like so many people i know. doesnt that make you think, hey maybe if i didnt have my head so far up my fucking ass, then just maybe if i look closer there might be something about the city.so pull you head out your ass and go see for your self. and yes you did just get the shit beat out of you by a 14 year old!!!! [Deleted in line with BlogCritics Comments Policy]

  • http://howardjstewart.com blinky008

    why rebuild the levees, since all the worlds terriost now know how much damange destroying them will do

  • http://****angel11 Jack

    angeL 11 u need to be [Deleted in line with BlogCritics Comments Policy]
    if i wus wit u face to face [Deleted in line with BlogCritics Comments Policy] NO is the best place in the world yeah okay wut? ddown town n the quarter is dirty so wut….shiiiii angel 11 u got sum isues

  • ash

    omg.. did angel live in new orleans? um prob not.. yeah they should def rebuild the city because it is the home to thousands of wonderful people.. its not just all slums and trash like so people may think.. it is a city many peopl elove and cherish.. and they will def rebuild it!!!!!!!! I LOVE NOLA

  • Luke

    I have nothing against new orleans, I just think rebuilding it is a stupid thing to do. If anything people who lived there should take this opportunity to be traumatized, go and develop a phobia of living below sea level near a huge body of water, might save your life in the future.

  • caitlyn

    luke…you dont know what you’re talking about and you make yourself sound stupid. just stop talking…no one wants to hear your stupid remarks.

  • My home.

    So, you people think you know what your talking about but you don’t.
    I may be 15 and you can say I have no idea what I am talking about and I have no idea how much much it will cost everyone else, but I am an upper-middle class white girl white two parents who both work and have worked to raise 5 daughters who all love New Orleans.
    Have you ever had your home, friends, school, and everything else you’ve ever known taken away from you without any hint of what would ACTUALLY happen? Have you speant every Mardi Gras with your best friends then realize that you may never see most of them again? Have you ever really gotten to know the people of New Orleans even the “poor” ones who live in the “slums”? If you did you would realize, most of them are some of the sweetest people you could meet.
    HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO NEW ORLEANS??
    Have you ever
    ridden the street-car
    down St. Charles Avenue secretly sipping your
    strawberry daiquiri?
    Have you ever been to Audubon Park? City Park?
    Each visitor chooses to see the New Orleans they want
    to see.
    Luckily, New Orleans has the amazing ability to win over many more than it loses.
    It can cause one to see the big oaks hovering over St. Charles
    and not the trash on the sidewalks. It can cause one to focus on the
    street musician and not the street beggar.
    It can cause one to see the
    wrought iron balcony rather than the dilapidated
    building.
    A hand on a shoulder and touch on the arm is just the way we say hello.
    Did the flood waters wash away the New Orleans way of life?
    Not a chance.

    “Is New Orleans
    worth rebuilding?”
    To that, I can only reply, “Have you ever been to New
    Orleans?”

  • TRISHRITTER

    whoever is dissing new orleans is totally wacked!! if you live in new orleans you know the shithole places and the places that create memories that even though are DESTROYED right now are totally worth rebuilding!!! everything in new orleans is not only historic but it is also memorable! Can we, true New Orleanians let one stupid hurricane ruin our city, our memories and most of all, our lives? NO! everybody out there who thinks that new orleans should not be rebuilt just doesn’t know the life that we live there! how much fun we have, our friends, our schools, etc. New Orleans should totally be rebuilt, hands down no questions asked!

    I LOVE NEW ORLEANS

  • trishritter

    angel … what country hick town did you come from? and have you ever been to new orleans!!! i doubt it! so until you’ve been there and experienced the true new orleans spirit, i suggest you keep your fat ugly stupid mouth shut!

  • KYS

    Sorry to backtrack, but comment 13 made me laugh out loud.

    Of course we should rebuild the slums!! Some unsteady brick constructions, lots of lean-tos, maybe a crack house or two. I think Trump has some old blueprints for that…

  • http://www.nrlc.org/ Anthony Grande

    Of course we need to rebuild New Orleans. The next Republican Convention is going to be held there.

  • RedSoxSuck

    How about we don’t just say “screw everyone,” but we spend some money, less than it would cost to rebuild and protect NO, to RELOCATE the displaced people to a geographic area that is significantly cheaper to protect (ie. ABOVE SEA LEVEL!).

  • rachelmoomoo

    i dont see what the problem is with the water n all….i l ike fish….

  • http://Bobby'splace@aol.com bob

    I totally think they should rebuild N.O. it was one of America’s highlights and if you don’t want to totally start from scratch make it something like an American venice

  • aub4christ

    I’ve never been to New Orleans. Everyone actualy from N.O. seems to have some wonderful stuff to say about it as opposed to the ppls who aren’t. The ppl from N.O. that I’ve met have good things to say about. Why not go with the truth? According to what these dedicated N.O. ppl have to say, it’s well worth it to rebuild it back where it was.

  • Frank Waldron

    According to CBS 60 Minutes, 90 years from now New Orleans will be located out at sea some 15 to 18 feet below sea level.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Frank, you wrote an excellent analysis of the problems of flooding in a city and the difference between a whole country being under sea level and just a portion.

    Your article and now your recent comment confirms what I wrote about New Orleans shortly after Katrina hit the city. New Orleans is basically finished. It is gone. From the point of view of rebuilding it, it cannot be rebuilt as it was. If it is rebuilt at all, it will be much smaller.

    This is not condemnatory. It’s just an unhappy statement of fact.

  • Cassie

    Angel_11 You stated: That’s a waste of billions of dollars. They are going to rebuild, get situated and the same thing is going to happen again.

    What IS a waste is sending billions of dollars to other countries & NOT helping the people in THIS country … OUR people. I’m not against helping anyone, but charity starts at home.

    You also stated: Us on the other hand made wiser decisions we pay the higher rent but we relatively safe and should have to pay for their bad choices.

    You pay higher RENT … well, then, you probably don’t have much to lose. Quite a few of US POOR LAZY BLACK people here in NOLA OWN our homes & that’s a reason to come back. Our people, regardless of race, want to come HOME … to the home they WORKED so hard to BUY.

    Natural disasters are happening all over the world. It just happened to be our turn. Who knows, next time it could be your town. How would you feel if someone told you these horrible things? This is something for you to think about because just as mother nature devistated this entire area, the same could happen to you.

    New Orleans is MY home & I don’t appreciate outsiders’ negative comments. Just as others stated, New Orleans is NOT what people saw on TV. I vote to rebuild, maybe it won’t be bigger, but I’m sure it will be better!!!

  • http://mymonkeys!!!! G.E.S

    Angel_11 WWHAT THE HECK U LITTLE IDIOT WHAT THE HECK U BEEN SMOKING TOO MUCH WEED OR SOMETHING?!?!?!?! STOP BEING SUCH A BIG FAT RACIST OK BLACKS ARE JUST AS GOOD AS WHITES U STUCK UP MORON SO JUST BE NORMAL AND STOP DISSING NEW ORLEANS ITS BETTER THAN ANY PLACE YOU WILL EVER SEE IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE OK SO JUST SHUT UP [Deleted in line with BlogCritics Comments Policy] IN YOUR LITTLE TOWER WITH YOUR COMPUTER WEARING HUGE BIFOCALS AND HAVE ZITS AND MOLES ALL OVER YOUR FOREHEAD [Deleted in line with BlogCritics Comments Policy]

  • maddie

    yes new orleans should be rebuilt i live here and i love my city i would be lost without it! the history is amazing and its not all about party,,,,which people dont understand..because they obviously have not been here..or are the people who come here to get drunk and pee in our streets..anyway new orleans is much more than that and the u.s would be lost without it.

  • aisen

    what is up

  • adam

    bitch i’m gay

  • ufe

    i dont think it should be rebuilt

  • Cannonshop

    Absolutely, rebuild it…but this time, re-write the damn city charter so that instead of building sports arenas whle the flood-controls are decaying, the priority is on keeping the damn dams and Levees up. NOLA had a flood like that in the early eighties and in the sixties-it’s a predictable event, not some random phenomena. NOLA thought having a pro football team was more important than keeping up their public works? fix it so that NO MATTER HOW UNPOPULAR it is, you spend first on flood controls, then Schools, then Streets/other public services. When terrain says you’re going to flood, you DO NOT neglect flood control/containment.

    Especially for somethng as un-necessary as sport-stadiums and pro teams.

    It would also be nice to see some of those cops-who-looted being fired and charged, and the officials who let things get this bad locally put to some kind of accounting for letting the Levees get into such a weakened condition. It’s NOT in the interest of us-who-live-above-sea-level to keep the river out of someone else’s down-town housing project. It’s in the interests of the OCCUPANTS of that housing project to keep the River out of their living rooms.

  • joe joe

    new orleans sucks

  • leno

    Blah Blah Blah you are so meesed up ADAM
    im not gay so back the @#$* off

  • JANAE

    YALL CRAZY I NEED SOME INFO ON NO HELP

  • billy jenkins

    Put the city on 6-10 ft of industrial grade styre-foam

  • Steve

    So, with the recent storm that just attacked New York and New Jersey, the question now remains, “Should they rebuild NY/NJ?” Both have areas that are less than desirable, with residents that are considered to be scum. Both are cesspools of crime and corruption. Both have design flaws that made the flooding a serious issue (tunnels, subways, etc..). Science (?) has proven that the area is prone to severe storms on a regular basis (2 hurricanes in 2 concurrent hurricane seasons).
    All of these arguments were made about New Orleans after Katrina and in all fairness should be made about the NY/NJ area.
    The arguments that proved the most solid about maintaining New Orleans are the same that will help NY/NJ .
    First, BOTH areas are financial powerhouses, one in the stock market/futures area and the other in the shipping area (Port of New Orleans is one of the largest and busiest in the nation). Wall Street is a necessary industry to help maintain our economy. The Mississippi rivers location in the physical heart of the nation is one of, if not, the most important shipping lanes for our farming/coal mining/production industries, for importing and exporting.
    Second, the history and culture of both areas is too important. We need these cultures to help maintain the overall fabric of our American culture and keep it as rich as it is. People come from all over the world to experience ALL of the regional differences in our culture, differences many other nations can’t lay claim to and still have the sense of national pride.
    So folks, think about what you say, look beyond the surface that you see and remove your blinders before you speak.