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Monday, December 17, 2007


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Demolition protests ignore some realities

Pelosi, Reid ask Bush to halt demolition


I was fortunate enough to be in New Orleans the first week of December (I got to see Brad Pitt's pretty pink tents FIRSTHAND!) and I can say that there is a LOT of empty shit down there, apartments, Walmarts, car dealers, entire shopping malls, entire blocks of homes. On the other hand, there is a lot of rebuilding going on as well.

We took the Gray Line tour of the areas ravaged by Katrina, and it's as bad as advertised in some areas. Others, not so much.

What I took away from the trip is that the Army Corps of Engineers bears the brunt of the responsibility for the disaster. The sheet pilings that are being replaced to reinforce the are much heavier stuff, and go much deeper into the ground.

I won't go into the politics of the whole thing- it's a beautiful city, and I can see why people would want to come back. On the other hand, I think it's realistic to think that some of the people who lived in the city because it was where the checks came are just as happy collecting those checks in other cities.

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