The Future of New Orleans: A Sociological Examination
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The paper explores the various options available to the city of New Orleans in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane that devastated the city. The paper argues that it is not enough to rebuild the city as it was before with simply better flood controls. It is not enough to relocate the damaged or almost destroyed neighborhoods of New Orleans elsewhere simply because this will not change the underlying malaise that contributes to New Orleans' moribund economy and to its faltering status as a major American city.
From the Paper:"In the days between August 29 and September 4, 2005, the city of New Orleans was devastated by a powerful Category Four Hurricane that tore the proverbial lid off of the city's festering racial and social problems. The massive flooding of low-lying (and too-often black) areas of the city, the wide-spread suffering and destruction in the impoverished communities of the Louisiana metropolis and the accusations by some, however unfair, that racism played a role in the disproportionate infliction of damage upon the city's African-American neighbourhoods, all spoke to an urban situation wherein social and racial divides were deep and impressive and where the socio-economic reifications of society were ugly and invidious."
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