What Will It Mean to 'Rebuild' New Orleans?

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In New Orleans, Mayor Ray Nagin now says residents may be able to enter the city as soon as this coming Monday. His estimation depends on the results of tests to measure the toxicity of both air and water. That's a marked turn-around from his earlier claim that it would be "uninhabitable" for months to come. Can a unique culture and lifestyle be preserved? What will it mean to "rebuild" New Orleans? Will tens of thousands of people--including the poor--want to come home? We speak with economists, geographers, government procurement experts and the mayor of a Florida town nearly wiped off the map by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 about plans to spend billions of dollars rebuilding a city that's below sea level and vulnerable to devastating storms.
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MSNBC article on Baghdad blast said to be retailiation for Tal Afar sweep

FEMA on Katrina

New Orleans news, updates

Mississippi River Commission

Kotkin's (New Republic) article on Katrina and urban liberalism

Secretary General Kofi Annan's address

President Bush addresses UN Security Council

Leopold's article on UN falling short of reform goals



Warren Olney