We are already starting to see attention shift ever so slightly away from the devastation in Mississippi and Louisiana. There was a lot of outrage, and rightfully so, but WE NEED MORE.
Keep on talking about this. The administration’s blatant cronyism and bumbling incompetence has been displayed for all to see, and has predictably been obscured by third rail bickering, partisan snipes, and vapid talking points.
“Kill politics” is my new motto.
Now some thoughts about the future:
-There is a huge diaspora of New Orleans urbanites, many of them will never return. What does this mean for the city’s future? What does it mean for the region’s future? I’d be curious to see if there has EVER been a comparable demographic shift on such a massive scale in American history. Look for political ramifications in ’08.
- I think that the rebuilding of New Orleans presents a wonderful opportunity for progressive city planning. A cleaner, more efficient, more storm-resistant New Orleans would be a boon to Louisiana and the South. I hope for mixed income housing developments in place of projects, “greener” layouts, more and better flood protection. Wait…. who won the no-bid contract to rebuild? Whoops, nevermind.
- The fact that the French Quarter was largely undamaged is a SPECTACULAR thing. Like it or not, the French Quarter represents much of the city’s soul. As long as it stands, New Orleans will be New Orleans.
- Nagin for House of Representatives? Senate? Remember, “Kill Politics”! I would love my Senator to drop an F-Bomb every once in a while and refer to drug addicts trying to “take the edge off of they Jones”. Recall that it is the duty of every American citizen to spread this interview. All you Europeans need to spread it as well. Spread it! In an ideal world, this audio “slice of history” would be on every hipster IPod and every playlist on every American PC.
- Will there be incentives to move to a rebuilt and resurrected New Orleans? Something to keep the old ears open for five or six years from now…