The rationale against the city's rebirth hinged upon the notion that such damage could not have been prevented and would not be preventable in the future. We are trained by disaster films to see results like those as unavoidable, somehow preordained. What this report says clearly is that much of the death and destruction in New Orleans was a result of human failings, not nature's fury.
While efforts to shore up the battered levee system continue,large parts of it are still vulnerable. We owe it to New Orleans to get it right because there will be a next time.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
New York Continues to Support a Fellow World Class City
From today's editorial in the New York Times: