Urban planning community

+ Reply to thread
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Death of an American city

  1. #1
    Cyburbian Plus
    Registered
    Jun 2003
    Location
    De Noc
    Posts
    17,617

    Death of an American city

    Editorial Headline from the NY Times; Sunday December 11, 2005
    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/opinion/11sun1.html

    Highlights:
    Maybe America does not want to rebuild New Orleans. Maybe we have decided that the deficits are too large and the money too scarce, and that it is better just to look the other way until the city withers and disappears. If that is truly the case, then it is incumbent on President Bush and Congress to admit it, and organize a real plan to help the dislocated residents resettle into new homes. The communities that opened their hearts to the Katrina refugees need to know that their short-term act of charity has turned into a permanent commitment.

    If the rest of the nation has decided it is too expensive to give the people of New Orleans a chance at renewal, we have to tell them so. We must tell them we spent our rainy-day fund on a costly stalemate in Iraq, that we gave it away in tax cuts for wealthy families and shareholders. We must tell them America is too broke and too weak to rebuild one of its great cities.

    Our nation would then look like a feeble giant indeed. But whether we admit it or not, this is our choice to make. We decide whether New Orleans lives or dies.

    Is this really going to happen ?
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

  2. #2
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Posts
    393
    No, of course not. It's the Times! What else to expect from a whiny editorial board?

    There has been no indication on behalf of Bush and Congress that they have no interest in rebuilding New Orleans. Quite the opposite, actually.

    New Orleans will no longer be a real city, but then again it hasn't been one since the 1950s either. This hurricane was the greatest possible thing to happen to the Big Easy, after all, it forced the permanent relocation of a hundred thousand of the city's poorest residents, mostly to Houston. Now, a revived New Orleans will look more like Charleston. A pretty, picturesque small city full of affluent people living in restored old houses, enjoying good restaurants and weather, and a famous history, all without a pesky urban underclass to get in the way.



    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    Editorial Headline from the NY Times; Sunday December 11, 2005
    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/11/opinion/11sun1.html

    Highlights:



    Is this really going to happen ?

  3. #3
    Cyburbian Planner Hottie's avatar
    Registered
    Dec 2005
    Location
    under a pile of unmailed thank you cards
    Posts
    110
    I do wish that the administration would be realistic about how much of the city can be rebuilt, and the time it will take to do it. We all realize that it may never realize its past glory, and I don't think it's possible to just let it vanish - it will always be a major port for example. But how much can be done in the next year? In the next 5?

  4. #4
    Cyburbian hilldweller's avatar
    Registered
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Land of Confusion
    Posts
    3,736
    Quote Originally posted by PennPlanner
    Now, a revived New Orleans will look more like Charleston. A pretty, picturesque small city full of affluent people living in restored old houses, enjoying good restaurants and weather, and a famous history, all without a pesky urban underclass to get in the way.
    A perfect New Urbanist dream, huh?

  5. #5
    Cyburbian iamme's avatar
    Registered
    May 2003
    Location
    Milwaukee
    Posts
    484
    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller
    A perfect New Urbanist dream, huh?
    As opposed to the standard suburban ideal, right?

+ Reply to thread

More at Cyburbia

  1. Replies: 2
    Last post: 27 Feb 2014, 3:48 AM
  2. Most American city
    Cities and Places
    Replies: 8
    Last post: 30 Sep 2011, 4:28 PM
  3. Death of an American City
    Cities and Places
    Replies: 9
    Last post: 25 Jul 2006, 9:25 AM
  4. Replies: 2
    Last post: 23 Nov 2005, 2:17 PM