We’ve not been to New Orleans since Katrina killed her, but friends and associates have been. They tell of a French Quarter that seems much like it always has been. But, those who have ventured out into the rest of the city return with sobering descriptions. And the raw numbers paint a similarly depressing picture; do we now have to admit that the government took advantage of the situation to “sanitize” New Orleans?
Bill Quigley writes for Truthout: “Government reports confirm that half of the working poor, elderly and disabled who lived in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina have not returned. Because of critical shortages in low-cost housing, few now expect tens of thousands of poor and working people to ever be able to return home.” […]