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To: unixfox
New Orleans 'risks extinction'

And this is a problem because....

Because we need a major port at the base of the Mississippi to provide a transfer point between ocean-going and river-going traffic, or all those red states in the middle of the Union starve economically.

37 posted on 02/02/2006 10:46:04 AM PST by Buggman (L'chaim b'Yeshua HaMashiach!)
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To: Buggman

And so rebuild the port as only a port, keep the French Quarter for the tourists and let the rest go back to swamp.

I understand the sadness that many in NO must feel, but in truth, NO will never be the same no matter how much money is thrown at it, just like Berlin, Dresden and many other cities that were destroyed for whatever reason, it's changed forever.


48 posted on 02/02/2006 10:56:48 AM PST by alarm rider (Irritating leftists as often as is humanly possible....)
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To: Buggman
Because we need a major port at the base of the Mississippi to provide a transfer point between ocean-going and river-going traffic, or all those red states in the middle of the Union starve economically.

In case you haven't noticed ports have become highly automated operations directly employing few people compared to, say, 100 years ago; New Orleans began as a port, but before Katrina only a tiny, tiny fraction of the population was either working for the port or working to support the people of the port.

You don't need a metropolis to operate the Port of New Orleans.

112 posted on 02/02/2006 12:50:51 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: Buggman
New Orleans 'risks extinction'

And this is a problem because....

Because we need a major port at the base of the Mississippi to provide a transfer point between ocean-going and river-going traffic, or all those red states in the middle of the Union starve economically.

Perhaps so, but you don't have to have a City of New Orleans in order to have a Port of New Orleans....

If the Government were to have given $200,000 to each of those devastated by the hurricane to let them spend when, how, and where they wanted, do you really believe the residents of New Orleans would stay there and spend their money to rebuild Chocolateville??? Talk about "risking extinction" that would really do it. The free market would rule once again.

176 posted on 02/02/2006 8:21:45 PM PST by rundy
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