IT’S COMIN’ BACK!
It is inconceivable and unthinkable in this day and age that a great American city can go from a flourishing city filled with life, promise and over one million citizens - to a ghost town, literally overnight. We now know it can happen. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with all the residents of the Gulf Ghost whose lives were shattered during the weekend of August 27-29, 2005 when Hurricane Katrina slammed ashore and flooded some 80% of the city, and much of the outlying area. In addition the slow response of government aid, the crashing economy and unscrupulous “contractors” and others “helping” have made the recovery effort more difficult.
As you can see by now,
this vignette is not my typical presentation.
I have never before featured a
Only time will tell
what can be done. I just hope and pray
At this point, we Americans should all open our hearts and lives and wallets to the victims of this national tragedy. Instead of finger-pointing to who’s at fault, and for what, let’s all pull together and show the world what the American Spirit is made of, and help all these displaced folks, many of whom have lost everything. Let’s publicly thank all the other nations of the world that have offered and supplied aid. Let’s take that aid gracefully with true thanksgiving in our hearts. Remember the old adage of “what goes around comes around.” Well folks, it’s coming around back to us. All the giving we’ve done over the years is now being repaid. We are a global village, and our brothers and sisters are reaching out to us. Let’s accept all help with open arms.
To all the nations and peoples that have aided and are still helping out in the relief effort – This American is very appreciative. I say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
UPDATE: On October 5, 2006 population
figures were released showing that the population of New Orleans Parish is
187,525, nearly 60% less than the 454,000 that lived there prior to August 29,
2005 when Katrina slammed the area. As
you can see,
On Christmas morning, 2007, the newspaper mentioned that the population
of New Orleans had reached 300,000, still shy of the 454,000 that lived here
before Hurricane Katrina slammed the city 2½ years ago. With this news, I have removed
UPDATE #3: On Jan 07, 2010, I checked the US Census Bureau population estimates, and the most recent one I could find was for 2008, showing 311,853 people in New Orleans. It is still growing, so that is a good sign.
RECENT UPDATE #4: The US Census Bureau posted the 2010 census figures for New Orleans as: 343,829. Of the 189,896 housing units available, 47,738 were vacant, a vacancy rate of 14%. Still a bit high, but not out of line with other cities of similar size.
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