I was putting up posters last week for the Beyond Jena forum. I thought to myself, “New Orleans East always gets left out of the mix these days. I’m going to start out there.” So I drove out there and started looking around for a little coffeeshop or some such where I could put a […]Read More → Stairway to Levee Flag
Let me see if I got this straight. The American Society of Civil Engineers got pissed off about the video PSA produced by high school students and posted by Levees.org to YouTube. ASCE demanded the video be removed. So Levees.org removed it. Then, the Times-Picayune wrote a story about it. As part of their online […]Read More → ReTubed
Spotted this morning on the way to work on the Jeff Davis neutral ground: It’s a pitcher full of water suspended above a map of Louisiana made of sand. A strange, elegant, and disturbing metaphor for our current situation. I have no idea who’s behind this. Could it be the same person (or people) who […]Read More → More Guerrilla Art in Mid-City
According to a story in today’s paper: The heights of floodwalls and levees now being rebuilt by the corps are based on research for a likely worst-case storm done in 1959. When new weather service research in the 1970s increased the size and intensity of that storm and its projected surges, the corps stuck to […]Read More → 2006 != 1959
Photo by howieluvzus. Yesterday President Bush visited New Orleans. Howie’s posted some pix of a demonstration at Jackson Square, where hundreds of Catholic schoolgirls showed up in life vests and wading boots. I couldn’t make it myself, but I’ve attended a number of rallies over the years, particularly anti-war rallies. I’ve often been frustrated at […]Read More → You Know You’re in Trouble When You Rile Up the Catholic Schoolgirls
According to a story in the Biloxi Sun Herald: Proponents of ANWR drilling are attempting to use Katrina relief to help push through a measure they’ve supported for more than 20 years. The ANWR proposal includes a provision to devote a portion of government revenue from drilling to improve the levee system protecting New Orleans […]Read More → Gulf Coast Levees and Arctic Oil
Very good news: The Bush administration has decided to support making levees in New Orleans stronger than before Hurricane Katrina struck I still can’t overcome my ingrained skepticism to anything coming out of this (or any) administration. But this looks like a much-needed boost to the entire Gulf Coast region. Businesses and homeowners have been […]Read More → Bush Makes Good?
The New York Times published this editorial today: We are about to lose New Orleans. Whether it is a conscious plan to let the city rot until no one is willing to move back or honest paralysis over difficult questions, the moment is upon us when a major American city will die, leaving nothing but […]Read More → Death of an American City