New Orleans is built on a floodplain, yet I’ve heard little acknowledgment of that fact. Instead, the talk is all about rebuilding. The city’s corruption and sick civic culture geography aside, it makes no sense to rebuild the city the way it was. Even if you strengthen the levees, another catastropic flood is a certainty, perhaps 40 years from now … or maybe next week.
Talk about a waste of taxpayer dollars. Given failures at all levels of government related to Hurricane Katrina, I’m not confident our elected officials (from Nagin to Bush) will do the job right, if it can be done at all.