Wednesday, September 19, 2007

2 Years Later

Much of New Orleans remains in ruins. Failure of federally funded and state-administered programs keeps city plans for neighborhood redevelopment at a minimum. The levee structure remains unrepaired which in turn leaves residents, not to mention investors dubious of the city's safety from prospective storms.

The city struggles with corruption and high crime, which remains rampant, while New Orleans Police continue to operate out of trailers. Nearly half of the hospitals open in the parish before Katrina remain closed as well as schools.

The city's neighborhoods are slowly repopulating, with and without government aid, but it is patchwork redevelopment. In the Lower 9th Ward, the city's poorest neighborhood, streetlights are back on and water is flowing. While there are houses being repaired here and there, there are vast stretches of empty, weed-choked lots and rooftops still covered in storm debris.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Katrina Gloom

I need to spout off about how, in the United States of America, in the year 2007, can we as a country sit back and watch the Lousiana Hurricane victims be displaced by mother nature and not be able to go home because there is no home to go to?
How is it that government can spend billions of US dollars overseas, but not at home? Where are these victims? What are they doing? Where do they now call home? What happened to their homes in New Orleans? Worse yet, what happened to New Orleans as a whole community?

I cannot comprehend how this can happen