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