Rebuilding Expectations

Was over at the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe library on Loyola’s campus the other day. They have the most kick ass magazine collection. And, I think, as long as you don’t cause a riot in there, you can just walk in and browse. I happened to be reading the Harper’s Index and found this little tidbit:

“Year by which New Orleans is expected to be rebuilt at the current pace: 2028.”

Wow. This info came from McKinsey & Co., but I wonder what standards they were comparing this to. If “rebuilt” means to the standard that the city was before Katrina, I think we’ve already hit that mark. Before Katrina I had to boil the water before drinking it, and a large portion of the buildings were vacant. Actually, now, there is a lot of stuff going on in terms of funding and help and that. You can get free health care here. You can get free mental. I think you can even get cheap dental. Art is everywhere. And, on any given day, you can probably find a free meal. It’s still hard to get housing, but that’s always been a wrangle here.

If we are talking about rebuilding to the standards of a World Class City like London or Paris (and I DO think that New Orleans is one of America’s World Class cities), then I think 2028 is just about right.

1 Comment so far

  1. danbaum on December 8th, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

    Last night, the documentary "Trouble the Water," a remarkable Ninth Ward view of Katrina, showed here in Boulder, Colorado, which is about the most privileged, white, and orderly place this side of Zurich. I expected the place to be empty, but it was packed, and many people stayed afterward for the inane "moderated discussion." It tells me there’s still a vast reservoir of good will toward New Orleans out there; perhaps it can be tapped.

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