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Saturday, November 26, 2005
Life And The Death Of New Orleans
Today we discovered two new Vosmaeri Eclectus babies in the aviary. These are our first babies since the storm and their birth is a happy moment surrounded by all of the work, sadness and uncertainty in the area.
Ask anyone from South Louisiana where they are from and you'll always get the same response, "New Orleans". At this point New Orleans barely has a pulse. There's no electricity in 75% of the city and there's great confusion about how to rebuild. Insurance companies are slowing down rebuilding and the government, local and national, is not sending clear signals.
So everyone down here is going through the motions. Clean-up (most places have running water), gut-out your home, pretend to find a contractor to assist in the rebuilding, check with FEMA about how high you newly remodeled home has to be, call the insurance company. Mostly, they wait.
Most outsiders don't realize that over 60% of New Orleans was rental property. Most of these carried no flood insurance. So, you have renters that have better accommodations elsewhere and landlords with no means and desire to reconstruct their properties. If the federal and state governments don't create a corporation to assume the task of rebuilding, the city, as everyone once knew it, will likely die.
Oh, it will remain a tourist attraction and a business center with most of the workers living in the suburbs but the heart and soul of the city will be gone. Let's hope it hasn't happened already.
- posted by J-Birds @ 4:43 PM |
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