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How crazy! Good for you and your family. That is so amazing. This is why people need a good oil field injury attorney . Accidents happen all over the place. I really need one. Any suggestions out there?
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I see your point, great work, can't wait for more info
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It is refreshing to see a positive report coming out of NO. The internet has lots of detailed information about the levees and plans for their improvement, the Katrina flood and the flood depths, and rebuilding efforts.

The Make it Right Foundation (Brad Pitt and associates) has its own web site. They already had several houses finished in 2009 when I was last there, and there are more shown at their site.

Habitat for Humanity has been busy there also. Their most visible work is at Musicians Village in the Upper 9th Ward.
This was reprinted in yesterday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
I RECENTLY STAYED IN THE FRENCH QUARTER [NOV 3-NOV7]I ENJOYED THE FOOD , MUSIC ,HOTEL ROOM AND THE HELPFUL STAFF...WHAT WAS ALARMING WERE THE GANGS OF VULGAR ,PROFANE, INTIMIDATING GROUPS OF YOUNG MEN WHO HOVERED AROUND THE QUARTER LIKE SINISTER BIRDS OF PREY...THEY WERE NOT PATRONIZING THE BARS AND EATING ESTABLISNMENTS AND DIDN'T LOOK LIKE SOCIOLOGY STUDENTS ON A FIELD TRIP...WHY IN GOD'S NAME WOULD ONE RETURN TO NEW ORLEANS WHEN THESE ISSUES DON'T EXIST SO BLATANTLY IN OTHER TOURIST DESTINATIONS
As far as Hurricane Recovery, that is why there is house insurance. Thanks to insurance, I was back inside a remodeled house by the February after Katrina.

As far as the murder rates go, it's usually in the city and not in the suburbs so I don't let it bother me.
As far as Hurricane Recovery, that is why there is house insurance. Thanks to insurance, I was back inside a remodeled house by the February after Katrina.

As far as the murder rates go, it's usually in the city and not in the suburbs so I don't let it bother me.
"They needed the East Coast time zone to run a financial business."

Is this notion undercut by the fact that New Orleans is in the Central time zone, not the Eastern?
I moved to New Orleans after the storm to attend school and was horrified by what I saw, after coming from a genteel suburb of Chicago. However grudgingly though, I will admit that the New Orleans I left this year was in much better shape than I would have expected after just 4 years. From talking with long time natives and doing my research, it's hard to overstate just how bad things were in NOLA pre-Katrina.

The biggest visible change has been the physical infrastructure. From the long obsolete Huey P. Long bridge being dramatically renovated to crumbling yet congested avenues like St. Charles and Elysian Fields receiving long overdue repaving, getting around the city is much less (but still a significant) dangerous to your vehicle. The streetcar lines, took forever to get back up and running, but nowadays they actually run fairly reliably.

I am most optimistic about Superintendent Serpas and Mayor Landrieu. I was hugely surprised that Landrieu won, and from the beginning I have been pleasantly surprised by his pragmatic, almost technocratic position on rebuilding the city. On Serpas' part, he has shown the willingness to start at square one:

"If you lie, you die. If you tell this police department a lie about anything, you will be terminated. If you allow a false or inaccurate report to be created under your name, you will be terminated," Serpas said about a zero-tolerance policy on dishonesty in the department. It is incredible that such a policy is needed, but laudable that it is now in place.
Are out of your freaking mind? The corruption is worse now. The houses that were built by Brad Pitt is only six houses,so where is the rest of the houses or the money the he gave?And Ophrah?She also gave lots money, where is the money? I been live here for one year and half and I strongly recommend you to do the same,the education here is the worse that I ever see and also corrupt, so I can not take any more and I'm just living the town like many others .I was very optimist, but just no make any sense any more. The only developed place in Town is the Casino that takes everybody poor money the tourism is a joke the French Quarter, you can not find a can of coke to buy the food is greasy, and the place is just dirty, and always been like that, so if New Orleans is the model that means we going down.
About your statement that investors are "terrified of arbitrary Washington actions, and crowded out by government activity": what's your evidence for these assertions, exactly?
The first one (fear of an uncertain regulatory future) has become a standard excuse for hoarding profits in business' campaign to arm-twist the Obama administration into bending over even further to placate it. Has anybody noticed that corporate profits are at an all-time high, in spite of the "terrifying" regulatory environment and unemployment that actually is terrifying?
The second complaint is just weird. This is the first time I've seen it anywhere. Again, the evidence, please?
Damn, you're good. The rare investigator/writer who packs in critical details faster than I can read and decipher them.

You remind me of Coleen Rowley.

BTW: nice to know that NOLA is getting things together. I love their food.
As a tourist who was stuck in the Superdome, I was extremely pleased to read this uplifting article about New Orleans recovery. It's nice to hear a report that speaks highly of the initiative, creativity, and can do attitude of the NOLA residents for a change.

The one thing I must take exception to is that while Hurricane Katrina decimated the Mississippi Gulf coast, the same cannot be said of its effect on New Orleans. Had the Army Corps of Engineers' levees not failed, the damage by Katrina on the city would have been quite limited. The vast majority of deaths and destruction was clearly the fault of the shoddily built and maintained levees. This fact is important for City planners throughout the U.S. as there are many other low-lying cities that are more vulnerable to these levees than NOLA was.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina
It still sounds like one step above Hell to me.
What a great story about New Orleans. Hopefully, New Orleans will set an example for other cities to follow.
NEW ORLEANS IS THE4 HOME OF SAINTS ...TO BE.

WE PRAY AND PRAY AND PRAY FOR MIRACLES.

AND GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS.

IF THE POLITICIANS WOULD LEAVE US ALONE THERE WOU LD NOT BE A RACE PROBLEM.

WE HAVE THE B EST GOSPEL MUSIC IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD....and w3e have been saved by God's amazing GRACE
We have been to the French Quarter Festival every year since Katrina. You can see and sense the feeling of rebirth grow stronger every year. We are from Atlanta and New Orleans is truly a unique city for many reasons. No place else is quite like it.
This should be read by all Americans, even those without New Orleans ties.
Change that will have long-term positive results requires sacrifice from everyone.
Thanks for the information about N.O.! I have not seen any reporting regarding this recovery except for some local blogs and the occasional MSM article. This sounds very positive and hopefully the successes may encourage the citizens to be careful of whom they elect.