Sunday, November 04, 2007


New Orleans - I went on the Katrina Hurricane Tour today. Again. I went on it last year, but since I rolled through NOLA this weekend after grabbing a cheap-ass, last minute air fare and a hotel bid on Priceline, I decided to do it again. Wanted to see how much the city had changed in the past 12 months, whether or not this city ever had a chance to get back to where it was.
The city is making progress, at least they have over the past 12 months since I last took the tour. But, damn, there's a long way to go.
I have conflicting feelings about New Orleans. On the one had, it's a city with a deep, rich culture. On the other hand, the practical side of me says that, until we decide that the city is worth saving, what's the point of putting hundreds of millions of dollars back into it?
In other words: It's cool that they're re-building, but what happens if another hurricane rolls through?

1 comment:

The First Domino said...

I feel you.

Yet, I can't help but think of New Orleans right now as anything but a metaphor for black people.

I know on the surface that's stupid.

If the newsmedia reported it corretly, New Orlean's black communities took the biggest hit.

Somehow, I feel it's more important for our psyche that we get up, rebuild out of the rubble, and spit in the eye (pun intended) of any future hurricanes.