Sunday, March 05, 2006

It's Important That We Read Things Like This . . .

link and then use it as bulletin board inspiration to kick a** as we remake our beloved city. Thanks, Mr. Tim Harford of Slate and the Financial Times.

This excerpt is exactly the kind of thing that makes me ready for any challenge:

A successful city is home to countless interpersonal networks that create innovation, or efficient economic production, or simply a good place to live. The architecture and city planning may help to establish those networks, but it can always be recreated quickly if damaged. That may be why disasters rarely interrupt growth in a thriving city, while disaster reconstruction rarely prevents decay in a stagnant one. . ..

For New Orleans, a charming place for tourists but a desperate clump of poverty and poor schooling, the question is not whether the current reconstruction plans will create a thriving city—they will not. It is whether there are any that could.

I think this catastrophe and the failure of governmental and other institutions along the way have energized "countless interpersonal networks that create innovation" here in metro New Orleans.

Look out.

9 comments:

JP said...

Props for the blog, I admire your spirit. I'm a long relocated native, living in Atlanta, with family and friends still in the area. I've been blogging to some national sites (Blogcritics, Dailykos, etc) to do my part to try to remind people it's "not over yet" - the lack of attention you guys are getting is disgusting.

I guess my concern is that residents are vulnerable to not giving viewpoints like this honest consideration, for (obviously understandable) emotional reasons. You guys have a challenge like no other in history down there, my thoughts and prayers are with you. But with little metro population growth over 20 or 25 years, lack of large company headquarters, etc, it doesn't make the job any easier.

Also, Fodor's has a free guidebook online updated with aftermath coverage. Not sure if you've linked to it or not, or know it's there, but you know now. :)

Mr. Clio said...

JP,

Thanks for the comment. Your point is exactly why I posted the article. I’m not offended by it. I think it raises exactly the kind of point we need to address as we try move through the challenges of history that are against us.

I want a smart, tough, hardheaded resurrection here. I really am grateful to people (like you and other writers) who confront us with realities we need to face.

unni and bai said...

Some of us might need some Tang to wash that hard reality down.

john said...

I'd prefer apple pie and porn

humidhaney said...

It will be done. We are stronger and most importantly persistant than any other people in the country. If we can't do it, no one can.

ashley said...

Hardheaded is right.

Like Haney said, if we can't do it, no one can. And we WILL do it.

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Marco said...

The people of New Orleans WILL take the lead and comeback strong and real. I hope to come back soon and help with some cash or at least an ATM card.