Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Wash Post stating the obvious about New Orleans.

Nation: In a ridiculously long overdone article Blaine Harden writes about the changing demos in New Orleans.

Affluent Can Go Home Again Long-standing differences in income, opportunity are shaping the repopulation of New Orleans. The Economics of Return Class, Color May Guide Repopulation of New Orleans By Blaine HardenWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, October 19, 2005; Page A01

No Duh, let me try and sum up in 5 lines what Blaine takes 5 pages to do. 1) The ones who have the resources to come back and rebuild will. 2) The ones who were evacuated out of the state to other states do not have the resources to come back. 3) The ones who left places like the ninth ward see a chance to build a new life elsewhere won't be back. 4) There will be more whites(resources), less blacks(less likely to have resources), and more latinos(rebuilding the city) and you cannot stop the upcoming changing demographics of the new New Orleans. 5) It took 5 pages to write this report on subjects and facts already covered elsewhere and in your paper? Okay 4 lines and a question. But there are some paragraphs that are stunning in its naivety .

"....In the Lower Ninth Ward, where more a third of residents lived in poverty and 6 percent had a college degree, a hastily rebuilt levee failed in late September to hold back the storm surge of Hurricane Rita. Most of the place was again submerged. ....Anger over the possible razing of portions of the Ninth Ward is fueled by the neighborhood's high home ownership rate, which is nearly 60 percent, and by its many years of residential stability. Despite long-standing problems of crime, drug abuse and inferior public schools, families stayed in the community for generations, anchored by churches and block parties and friendship. Until the storm hit, nearly three-quarters of families in the Lower Ninth Ward had been in the same house since 1995. In this respect, the neighborhood was considerably more stable than Lakeview, where over the past decade 57 percent of families had been in the same house."
I think the reason the lower ninth was more "stable" is because they could not afford to get the hell out of there. I don't know of many people who faced with drug abuse, bad schools and crime think its a good thing to stay in that place. Read the whole thing for the people angle on this but it doesn't break any new ground. Previous stories here, here, here, here, here.

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