Other sources can document and analyze the details. Here's the one that gets my attention. Junior Rodriguez, president of St. Bernard Parish (where I used to work and home of so many people I love), said the following:
I seen them rich boys crying for trailers.... Them rich boys is all trailer-trash now. What Katrina did, baby, she brought us all down to the same level.
The NIMBY people in Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany really need to think about that. Those of us with unflooded houses got lucky, period. The river wasn't far from overtopping its levees; if it had, Uptown would have Lower Ninth style devastation.
Despite all of the problems, I sense good things coming very soon. We're going to get it right here, and then people are going to want to come back or move here for the first time.
Had some King Cake last night. Tasted real good.