For The Attention Span Challenged (Are You Listening, Ray?)

Aug 18, 2008 by

Maitri posts the best synopsis of the past several days in New Orleans that I have yet seen. Gets right on down to the nitty gritty, and boy is it gritty….

Via Vatul Blog:

On returning to New Orleans, I’ve discovered that the city wrongly demolished a home, Jessica Hawk (from Ohio) was found murdered in her home on the 3000 block of Chartres in the Bywater, two people were shot to death at an Uptown intersection where my friend takes frequent afternoon walks, McSame and Bush will make their obligatory New Orleans visits this week (for more cake, I’m sure) and, to top it all off, Mayor Ray Ray will be presented with “The Award of Distinction For Recovery, Courage, and Leadership” by a group called “The Excellence in Recovery Host Committee,” led by a prominent member of our City Council.  I feel like a bit character in a poorly-reenacted mashup of The Enemy Within and Mirror Mirror set in New Orleans.

Yes, corruption and incompetence are found wherever power and money are to be had, but not like this, not when we should all be extra-vigilant during this reconstruction.  Returning to pre-Katrina dysfunctional bullshit is not recovery.  It makes me want to run screaming back to Ohio or Wisconsin.  The Upper Midwest is not exempt from flood, government incompetence and crime, but it’s not an excuse to dodge the issue that there are serious problems down here, and that almost 25% will leave if we as a city don’t address them.

There, short and (not so) sweet.

-Loki, HumidCity Founder