The Times Picayune noted in Sunday's Editorial that New Orleans isn't much closer to having an official reconstruction plan than it was last fall. The piece noted that there have been no fewer than four major plans proposed so far, but all had failed to elicit much support or any action. Now an authorless and uncommenced fifth plan, seeded with $3.5 million in funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, turns out to be the most successful so far. The paper notes that Nagin and the new City Council “seem poised to accept the Rockefeller project as the official plan.” Which, the paper concludes, is a “good development for New Orleanians wondering where and whether to re-build.”
Not since Windows VISTA have we seen vaporware with such rave reviews. Is the City leadership so clairvoyant they can accept this new plan without even seeing the first PowerPoint slide? Then why not dispense with it and allocate the $3.5 million to another pressing need?
In fact the T-P has lumped together what are really three separate issues. Though these issues intersect, they are distinct. First, City expenditures probably will need to be proportionately reduced to the current revenues before long. Second, the wholesale revision of the land use process and the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) needs immediate attention and resolution, but it has for decades. Third, as the T-P noted today, the primary issues with flood maps and Flood elevations are issues with FEMA, which administers (?) the NFIP, and the City can't be blamed for their bureaucratic sclerosis.
Posts on each issue will follow as completed. Stay tuned.
You know, if we had a ragin' Cajun attack dog like James Carville out there kicking the Feds and the national media in the teeth everytime the media does some half assed reporting, it might help people at least overcome the perception that we are over run with murderous, looting, FEMA financed transsexuals.
In politics, unrebutted attacks become truth. With $10 Billion of Federal money floating around, we are in the political maelstrom of Washington [more on that in the near future].
In the meantime, take a moment to check out this piece on how the estimate is that the earthen dike system holding Lake Okeechobee back has a 1 in 6 chance of failing and flooding thousands of homes, people and acres of valuable property. Great work, ACOE.