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    New Orleans - should they rebuild?

    New Orleans. They are going to rebuild the city, but do you think they should? The city is already below sea level and sinking. Parts are expected to sink by as much as 8 inches by 2015. The gulf coast nearby is eroding also. But lotsa people simply wont leave their homes in the area, wont imagine living anywhere else. I have moved so much in my life, I donít really understand why they would feel that way, but thatís just me. I think that even barring sea level rise, the city is SINKING and that along with its already below sea level elevation is just asking for another disaster. The city will keep sinking, but you cant build adequate leveeís indefinitely. They are not even adequate now!

    I think that all cities must end in time, and I think its New Orleans time before something even worse than Katrina will happen. It may not happen for 100 years, but because of its location and geography, it will happen again. And again.


    DO you think the city should be rebuilt?
    that makes no logic

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    Interesting question.

    It is possible for a city to survive and thrive under sea-level, look at the country of Amsterdam...

    However, I do feel that if people chose to stay and rebuild that they forfit any rights to complain if anything happens again. I do not see how they could claim to not know they were below sea-level before ("Yeah, that wall there, it holds back the ocean...") but they sure as heck know it now.
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    I think the reason that people don't want to move is that it's more than just a connection to the city, but it's a connection to a culture as well, and that culture is unique to Louisiana. I was born and raised in Louisiana and most of my family is still there in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. I can't name another place where I can go and have the same cultural experiences that I have when I'm there, and I travel A LOT.

    That being said, I can't understand why we're even having this discussion about rebuilding the city. How many times has Los Angeles been rebuilt after earthquakes? I can't remember for the life of me ever hearing someone say "Why rebuild, let them all move." You've just lost all of your material posessions and now you have to give up your culture too? How fair is that?

    I was in New Orleans, Biloxi, and Gulfport three months before Katrina hit and I was in New Orleans just a few months after Katrina hit. It was devastating to go back. My family had to evacuate the city, many of my friends there lost EVERYTHING they owned. Some of them went back, a lot of them didn't. The city is far from being right and I don't think the city will EVER be the same again but that's certainly part of my heritage that I don't want to lose.

    As far as people not knowing the city is below sea level, I'm not sure where that information comes from. It's standard information in Louisiana History that students are required to take. New Orleans is a city of diverse backgrounds and I'm sure there is someone in the city who didn't have enough education to even know what sea level is. What was your source's source of that information? They had to get it somewhere, and you need to take that into consideration. I have my issues with how all parties involved handled the post-storm situation as well.

    I think it's best summed up by a Louis Armstrong song. "Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?" Many of us do.

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    I say we rebuild it somewhere else. like a mile or two up river where its not so prone to flooding. The entire city is not below sea level I believe parts of it are higher. Thats why areas like the french quater didnt get hit so bad as others. I could be wrong on that though as this is just what I have been told by someone who was working down there in the initial clean up stages.

    And for those of you who say moving a city is too hard the Soviets did it during World War II with an advancing army at their back. I think it would be a bit easier with just an ocean there to worry about.
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    When you say it like that, It sounds like one person is in control of a group and they all agree on an outcome and say if it will or will not be rebuild. If individuals want to rebuilt, they will. If they don't, well that's fine too.

    It's preposterous to think it will become some deserted city like in that Silent Hill movie Of course it will be rebuilt. No point in doing anything major until the levees are rebuilt PROPERLY to withstand another hurricane like that.

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    Actually, the statement that New Orleans is below sea level is technically false. As a whole, yes, large portions are below sea level, but most of the original city was built on raised areas which remain above sea level. It was only as the city grew that it expanded into areas it should have avoided. That's why little of the French Quarter was flooded.

    I used to live there, and even after Katrina, I'd still move back if given the chance. I do, however, think that how rebuilding is managed is going to determine the longevity of the city, and I'm not terribly optimistic given the rampant corruption that is the defining characteristic of Louisiana politics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mokele View Post
    I used to live there, and even after Katrina, I'd still move back if given the chance. I do, however, think that how rebuilding is managed is going to determine the longevity of the city, and I'm not terribly optimistic given the rampant corruption that is the defining characteristic of Louisiana politics.
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    rebuild on higher ground.........those that choose to rebuild in the worst hit areas cant complain when this happens again.......course i cant believe any one would intrust their safety to the Corp of Engineers.....they dont seem to be able to manage much of anything correctly.........
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