This Times-Picayune series is the talk of the NOLA blogosphere.
It ought to be the talk of the nation.
Read it and weep for everyone in this country...and in the rest of the U.S.
And if that doesn't make you hopping mad or extremely upset, I direct you to these people's takes on the problem of obtaining insurance for your home.
If New Orleans and south Louisiana follow"business as usual" (preparing for the last hurricane, not the next), something worse than Katrina happens the next time.
But it's not just New Orleans that has to worry about this. From the RMS study:
Then there is a much longer list of cities at risk from rising sea levels and more intense storms, including cities all along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
And yes, the above quotes date from December of last year. They still apply, y'all.
I can't help but think that eventually, we'll all be living like the people in E.M. Forster's short story "The Machine Stops" - living underground like moles in our own little cubicles, with the only human contact being made through technology, all so that we can continue paying premiums to the almighty insurance companies. They won't refuse to pay out a claim if you catch no diseases, right? They won't dare drop you like a hot potato because you live on a coastline, right?... because you live underground in a NORAD-like compound.
The wrong kind of green is talking a little too loudly, and, though it doesn't surprise me much, it makes me hopping mad...
Update: And, as if the Road Home program weren't bad enough, Offbeat magazine gets a rebuttal from Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. on the bad press and other knotty details surrounding the Musicians' Village. It's sounding like yet another winding goat path through the Himalayas, to me. A telling quote, highlighted in the mag, too:
Connick: One thing New Orleans is really good at is waiting. They are good at that; they have certainly shown that in the post-Katrina thing, waiting for the city to come back and it doesn’t seem to be happening.
Uhh, Harry, don't say that one in public again. People will take you at your word, because you are a celebrity. Then, this town will never get rebuilt. Thanks, dude.
Yet ANOTHER update, 3-9: Ashley dissects this whole thing waaaay better than I have.