What she wore: blue jeans, tennis shoes, t-shirt from my school. I’m embracing my inner bum today.
I’ve been avoiding this, but I’m here in New Orleans and a lot of people are curious about this place, so I’ll share what’s going on.
- A lot of people ask, "why stay?" My parents live in the suburbs and got about 8 inches of water. They only got this much because the million dollar pumps the city installed were TURNED OFF. The insurance company will give them money to fix their house, but the mortgage company will only give it to repair people since they’re fearful people will take the money and run. SO, you can declare bankruptcy and leave your life behind, or you can rebuild. Easy decision for my parents
- Portions of the city are still in limbo–the sections that received the most water were sometimes the sections that were pretty bad off before. People in the nicer, residential sections are moving to areas that received less water and have better storm protection. Insurance companies probably won’t insure these areas again.
- The city is gearing up for an election. We will be electing a Mayor and everyone is eager to see who the city will pick–this will really help determine where the city will go next.
- Contrary to popular belief, the entire city is not below sea level. The historic sections are high and dry and open for tourism. City officials are making plans to try to densify the population in these areas to keep people out of the lower ones.
- I really think tourism is going to go up. Like visiting concentration camps or ground zero, people have a fascination with the tragic and want to check it out.
- My brother bought a t-shirt that says, "Sheetrock happens." This is because EVERYONE has had to put in new sheetrock and the dust caused by this sucks. My mom bought me a shirt that says, "Make levees, not war." I think it’s cute. My dad has a shirt where Mayor Nagin looks like Willy Wonka and it says, "Willy Nagin and the Chocolate City." I least we still have a sense of humor about things.
That’s it–if you have any questions please let me know. For me, this is home. My great-grandparents settled here over 100 years ago and that’s hard to forget. This is a tough time for the city, but the magic is still here.