March 8, 2006 @ 12:58 pm by sean
How is Café Filipi doing? Is she still open? I hope so.
At the risk of sounding completely uncompassionate and uncaring, I think rebuilding New Orleans is a horrible idea. The hurricanes aren’t going to stop. Just because there is land doesn’t mean one should live there. Why spend billions of dollars to build retractable walls and floating houses and giant underground canals and whatever else they come up with? It won’t stop the hurricanes. This seems just as unintelligent as using up all the worlds non-renewable resources. I understand this is home to these people, but nothing lasts forever. I don’t know why we keep trying to forget that. It simply doesn’t make sense to rebuild New Orleans when this country is huge! There are plenty of places for them to move to. I understand there is heritage, but there has been heritage in many unihabited cities around the world. They are taking similar flood prevention measures in the Netherlands, the Uk and Venice, but there is much less places for these people to go, and arguably far more heritage to protect. Besides the minimal heritage the city has, why else invest all this money into it? If it was a pivotal city like New York or LA or something, I could understand it a little more. But this was obviously a city that could use financial help in many other ways like helping the 27% of the working population, 40% of the youth, and 19% of the elderly that were impoverished before the hurricane. They’ll spend all this money to rebuild the city, but the people are still just as poor and discriminated against. Probably even more so because they’ll still have to buy cheaper housing in lower lying areas that are more prone to flooding. If the oil companies that are destroying the acre of wetlands per 30 minutes that allows for so much flooding want to pay to rebuild it might make a little more sense. But putting all these taxpayer dollars to rebuild a city that is going to continuously get hit by more and more hurricanes and floods just doesn’t make sense. We don’t want to spend money on a war in Iraq because there are problems here. Is rebuilding a city like New Orleans any better of a way to spend money?