Monday, March 06, 2006

To Understand the Issues Facing NOLA.....

Watch this video. I interviewed Geoff Coates a founder of the Urban Conservancy in New Orleans. This is really a must see video to understand the issues here in NOLA. Geoff gives an incredibly articulate perspective on the media narrative of Katrina, the issues facing NOLA as it recovers and rebuilds and the country's stake in that process.

PART I (15 min)
--the media narrative of Katrina
--the status of NOLA infrastructure (what it's like living in NOLA)
--the necessity of Category 5 levee protection
--the lack of a Plan and Vision for rebuilding
--the conflation of right of return and the city footprint

Part II (13 min)
--why the rest of America should care about NOLA
--Katrina Response: shift from humanitarian to security operation
--lessons of the Gretna Bridge experience
--money to contractors not the people and the vaccuum of accountability
--what you can do to help NOLA


Blogger noblejoanie said...

A picture is worth a thousand words, but this editorial reinforces your fine work, Scout, entitled The Lie of the Storm:

9:56 AM  
Anonymous charley said...

this is great work you have here scout.

i hope you are pushing it around the blogosphere.

at some point you mention your eyes welled up with tears, i must say, i just had the same experience reviewing the work you've done here.

great job.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous QuentinCompson said...

Bravo, Scout.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous janeboatler said...

Scout, Goeff's voice is an important one. I hope and pray that the powers-that-be who will be in charge of recovery and reconstruction will pay attention. That was a great interview. What I liked so much was his emphasis on a vision for NOLA. Where there is no vision, the people perish. That's from the Bible, the Old Testament Book of Proverbs 29:18.

Those are the words that kept coming to mind as I listened to Geoff. What is the vision for NOLA? What is the vision for our country? When will the visionary leaders step forward?

Scout, I am so sorry that we did not get to meet, but you must come back. When You return - you see, I said "when" not "if" - if you'd like to visit the bayou country, I could show you other areas which are in peril from hurricanes: Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes. I don't know of any vision for protection of these areas, which are rapidaly disappearing due to land loss from coastal erosion. Each hurricane takes another chunk out of the land and marshes in these parishes.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous robinhood said...

Good stuff Scout.

But something tells me, if you can handle another visit to NO, I think you could find the funding. Its just such a big story to report.

Arent cha glad ya paid attention in those sociology classes!

10:10 PM  

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