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Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Rebuilding New Orleans

Richard Florida writes an interesting commentary on rebuilding New Orleans. He doesn't seem to offer specific proposals, but he does seem to offer warnings. Here is his concluding paragraph:
"The people of New Orleans know what they want. More than just reconstructed levees, a refurbished downtown, or even rebuilt homes, they want the soul of the city back. Their insights - both angry and enthusiastic - remind us of the underlying source of resilience that really rebuilds fallen cities: the people. Let's hope that their leaders will understand this, and provide us all with a compelling model of a creative, prosperous and sustainable city."
Please read the entire piece. Then consider whether or not you think New Orleans can be successfully rebuilt, in view of Florida's warnings, if government planners and government officials are going to be involved?

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