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Katrina Recovery Stalled – Under Nagin!

From a suddenly blame-shifting Associated Press:

Data show New Orleans recovery stalled under Nagin


May 3, 2010

NEW ORLEANS — As Mayor Ray Nagin leaves office, hundreds of damaged city buildings including police stations and fire houses sit unrepaired more than four years after Hurricane Katrina, stark reminders of how the recovery has floundered.

Only seven percent of 283 city-owned structures slated to be rebuilt have been completed or are under construction, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. Those figures back up an impression many residents have had for more than a year — the Nagin administration has failed to renew much of New Orleans.

"New Orleans has struggled with a vision from the very beginning of the disaster," said Drew Sachs, vice president of James Lee Witt Associates, a consulting firm that has worked extensively on Louisiana’s hurricane recovery.

Besides missteps by the Nagin administration, rebuilding has been complicated because of the extent of damage, FEMA’s paralyzing bureaucracy as well as loss of population, which has hurt revenues and made it hard for city officials to determine where to put its limited resources.

The city lags both urban and rural neighbors hit hard by the catastrophic 2005 storm, according to rebuilding figures provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For instance, 87 percent of St. Bernard Parish’s government buildings are under construction or have been reopened and 55 percent of Plaquemines Parish’s government buildings are rebuilt or are at least close to being finished

The FEMA data shows that New Orleans has 283 buildings to fix, while St. Bernard has 190 and Plaquemines 222.

Nagin said the city made a remarkable comeback under his watch.

"We have 80 percent of our population back, young people moving in, an economy with the lowest unemployment rate, public housing being totally transformed, riverfront development, street work," Nagin said. "At the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding: Five years ago, you had a city that was totally empty, totally dark, 80 percent damaged; today, look at our statistics and I rest on that."

As for public infrastructure, the Nagin administration is adamant that it has done a good job and that FEMA — not city officials — are largely to blame

Nagin will be replaced by Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu on Monday. Landrieu has made speeding up the recovery a priority during his transition.

Throughout the city, neighborhoods are still waiting for buildings and services to bounce back…

Gee, why all of a sudden is Mr. Nagin being blamed by the Associated Press? Meanwhile, Mr. Obama’s name does not appear anywhere in this entire article.

Hasn’t Mr. Obama been President for a year and a half? Didn’t he solemnly pledge to make New Orleans whole? Does Mr. Obama hate black people?

–What are we saying?

Of course our watchdog media would never think to blame a US President for such a local problem.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Katrina Recovery Stalled – Under Nagin!”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    Nothing remarkable or unexpected here. Nagin was the mayor, wasn’t he? Of recent note, where were the fire booms? Why?

  2. proreason says:

    Just a quick unrelated question.

    How’s Nagin doing financially nowadays?

    • Right of the People says:

      You’d have to check his off shore accounts to know for sure. I imagine that is where a lot of the FEMA money is living now.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    It’s harder to rebuild a “Chocolate City” cocoa prices are up and the hard chocolate required for government building standards is really pricey and in short supply.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    The TURNSTILE government that always gets the same results. Now the Lt. Gov will take over as mayor……lifetime politicians keeping a seat warm until another seat warmer shows up.

    This is Nagin’s legacy: Google “New Orleans School Buses Under Water.”

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