Monday, August 28, 2006

The NFL Scheduled A Game Around Hurricane Wilma

It's true, they had that much warning. For anyone who's unfamiliar with Gulf weather, an October cool front made the general path of Wilma predictable almost a week in advance, August and September hurricanes are usually far less predictable. New Orleans had about two day's warning for quatrain and successfully evacuated an estimated 80-90% of its population. Jeb Bush issued mandatory evacuation orders for two Florida counties. With a week's warning, Monroe county managed to evacuate about 10% of its population. Okay, Collier county did better--60-70%(est.). If any reporter should ask Jeb Bush his opinion, he better watch his mouth.* The Washington Post better get a grip as well. Other local bloggers have made similar points about the anniversary coverage, but the football game makes for a nice soundbite.

*My first post. Is new blogger bravado a common phenomenon?

here is what I have been talking about. I am sure you will find it interesting, IF you have not already seen it.

Review Roundtable: is New Orleans a Resilient City?; The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster; Discussion

"The panel did not agree on whether New Orleans is a resilient city. They predicted the new city would resemble more than differ from the old New Orleans, and would probably have more Latino residents than formerly. Their conclusions were based on many of the unique characteristics of New Orleans including:
* its politics; (Burby refers to Banfield and Wilson's 1963 distinction between a "public regarding ethos" that strives for good government, efficient administration, and nonpartisanship for the good of the whole community, and a "private regarding ethos" that stresses personal gains obtained through individual favors and advantageous policy [City Politics, Harvard University Press].)
* its insular culture and impenetrable elite;
* multigenerational social ties;
* the city's slow growth and lack of immigrant populations;
* an economy based on tourism that provides mostly low-wage jobs;
* the fragility of its ecology; and
* the city's iconic status.
The panel felt that New Orleans may not have been the worst place Katrina could have hit. Despite its ecological sensitivity, the city's strong social ties, insular culture, and iconic nature may allow it to recover. But these same traits may hinder opportunities for real reform.
To enable both reform and recovery to be successful, the panel observed that rebuilding the city's human and social dimensions must precede physical rebuilding, though it is difficult to separate the two.They favored empowering all residents through the political process,teaching lower-income residents skills that would be useful both during and after reconstruction, and taking steps to prevent a future disaster."

Review Roundtable: is New Orleans a Resilient City?; The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster; Discussion

I guess the answer is unwritten, It is up to folks like you; but, I too believe we have to restore democracy first.
Thanks for sharing that. I also think that the city needs to shephard its resource carefully if we do experience a boom. I hate to compare La. unfavorably to Texas, but Tx. did at least invest some of its oil boom money in education and infrastructure. It also used political clout to NASA to set up shop in Houston etc. I'm afraid that the state and city will blow through any reconstruction boom money.
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