Imagining The New New Orleans

Benjamin Forgey says that, given the cost and time sure to be involved, it is not unreasonable for some to be questioning whether New Orleans ought to be rebuilt. But he also says that there are several very clear reasons that it must be. “New Orleans… is a national issue because it is a national treasure. Simple as that. Actually — because of its history, its unique blending of cultures, especially in architecture and music, and its unending sociability — the city is an international treasure… The big question, then, is how to do the job. Getting the money and repairing the infrastructure are the easy parts, at least in theory. But who will do the thinking, the conceptualizing of a rebuilt New Orleans? And what, precisely, will be rebuilt? Who will live there, who will visit and what will be its economic engine?”