Skip to comments.The Port of New Orleans and WHY We Must Rebuild!
Posted on 09/15/2005 7:44:41 PM PDT by Calpernia
Located at the mouth of Mississippi River, the Port of New Orleans is Americas gateway to the global market. New Orleans has been a center for international trade since 1718.
Today, the Port of New Orleans is at the center of the worlds busiest port complex Louisianas Lower Mississippi River. Its proximity to the American Midwest via a 14,500-mile inland waterway system makes New Orleans the port of choice for the movement of cargoes such as steel, grain, containers and manufactured goods.
The Port of New Orleans is the only deepwater port in the United States served by six class one railroads. This gives port users direct and economical rail service to or from anywhere in the country.
New Orleans is one of Americas leading general cargo ports. A productive and efficient private maritime industry has help produce impressive results, including the USAs top market share for import steel, natural rubber, plywood and coffee.
In the last 10 years, the Port of New Orleans has invested more than $400 million in new state-of-the-art facilities. Improved breakbulk and container terminals feature new multipurpose cranes, expanded marshalling yards and a new roadway to handle truck traffic.
Maritime activity within the Port of New Orleans is responsible for more than 107,000 jobs, $2 billion in earnings, $13 billion in spending and $231 million in taxes statewide.
The Port of New Orleans has also been a defined area where foreign merchandise gets brought into the country without being immediately subject to the usual U.S. Customs regulations!!!
So, a disaster is predicted. We should hide under the bed?
It is also predicted that California will be lost to an earthquake.
We should all write off California now?
So, it comes down to money.. lol. Anyone here think the people might ought to be the first consideration?
And a land grab at New Orleans would effect access to Baton Rouge.
>>>rebuild the port, NOT the "projects".
No comment. I do not know what projects you are referring to.
We need the port but residential areas need to be built in a sensible location.
Really, she visited Havana?
So did a bunch of prominent folks from Tampa. Ick.
You missed my post one.
Yeah it really sure is more cost effective to have 10s of thousands living on US Army bases having all their needs cared for by the Taxpayer then to have them owning their own homes and going to work and paying taxes. Really is more cost effective to have one of our major ports closed down and virtually all our agricultural exports trapped on the Mississippi river.
Like I said, penny wise and pound foolish.
>>>Yup, nobody pays more taxes than a slum-dwelling poor person. Rebuild the slums! We need the money! The $200 BILLION will be repaid in no time!
I believe I stated in my POST ONE that the Plantation Princesses were under investigation.
I believe economic growth can only happen with people.
And made business deals with Castro!
I think there's been a lot of progress in the last decade in reforming the welfare state (thanks, in part, to Bill Clinton for signing welfare reform, but thanks more to the Republicans in Congress for making it impossible for himt o do anything else). I'd love to see more progress made, but I don't think bringing all that poverty back in to one central location (after the government, once again, steps in to do all the work yet again) will be good for either New Orleans or the people who would be sucked back in to it. If, as is supposedly the case, many of them don't want to go back, it could wind up being a net gain for all concerned. They get the opportunity to start new lives outside of the slums they were trapped in (if they can find the wherewithal to do it, and not just start getting a check somewhere else). Putting them back in the same central spot is just restarting the same problems over again, I'm afraid.
"projects" ever hear of Cabrini-Green or Robert Taylor Homes?
Dude, impoverished black people do not pay taxes.
That isn't exactly what I asked, now is it?
How is there a leap being made to welfare housing?
Sure it is. That just isn't the answer you wanted.
People need jobs and business opportunity to live.
Cleaning up the corruption, securing the borders, reopening the port will provide that.
The French Quarter is just fine, it was not destroyed. They obviously knew how to build buildings back then. Antoines kind of lost a wall but it's salvageable. The strippers are ready to go back to work.
All I said was, rebuild the port not the projects. If you think the democrats aren't going to do this with some of that 200billion your nuts. It's their voting block.