Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Rebuilding New Orleans » Some Tough Questions

Here is the obvious question: Why rebuild New Orleans? We have artificially kept the city alive for the past 200 years. Now the big one has hit and it sure does not look good.

Why rebuild a city that is below sea level? How is that a wise thing to do? Let’s assume we can pump billions into saving New Orleans. It is a long, hard road, but let’s say in 10 years the city is alive and thriving! Wonderful! The bars are once again packed on Bourbon Street! The Saints win the Super Bowl which was held in the Super Dome that very year! Yay! Then another Katrina hits and we are back where we started….

Billions wasted. Lives needlessly lost. Why?

Look at history. There are reasons there are ruins of once great cities. At some point the civilization that founded that city was unable to maintain the city. People left. The Earth reclaimed it. That is the way of history. Why try to float a city that is sinking?

When I saw the graphics of the levees, the river and the lake, I was shocked. Why the hell have we allowed people to live in such a disaster waiting to happen? Why rebuild it only to have it happen again.

The same thing happened in 1993 when the Mississippi flooded to bad. Some entire towns packed up and moved to higher ground. Why rebuild only to have it taken away again.

I think he has a point.

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