Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Re-Building New Orleans

Color me impressed. Not to kick Louisiana while it's down or anything, but why do I get the feeling that the opportunity New Orleans and the state as a whole have right now are going to be squandered by corruption, greed and dishonesty?

For the sake of the entire state, and particularly New Orleans, I hope that doesn’t happen. So many good things could come from this situation that it would be a downright shame to have the opportunity slip by. If the type of progress being discussed in this article actually happens, I will be VERY inclined to return home one day.

"The commission devising a blueprint to reconstruct the city proposed today a complete reorganization of the troubled school system, the elimination of a 76-mile shipping channel that was a prime cause of flooding after Hurricane Katrina, and the formation of a recovery corporation that would have the power to buy and sell property for redevelopment.

At other public meetings this week, the commission also plans to call on the city to create an economic development corporation fashioned after the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which New York created to oversee the downtown rebuilding effort after Sept. 11, 2001."