Jilara (jilara) wrote,

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A Funeral for New Orleans

I kept finding myself humming "When the Saints Go Marching In" and realized it's traditional New Orleans funeral music, except this time, it's a funeral FOR New Orleans. Because no matter what happens, New Orleans that we knew is gone. As has been said on the news, this is of a magnitude of European cities that were destroyed in WWII.

But those were destroyed by man. Man destroys, and man rebuilds. But when nature destroys, it often makes rebuilding...difficult. New Orleans was on borrowed time. The Army Corps of Engineers was keeping it on life support, and has been manning the pumps and the levees for years. It sounds like they are going to try to resussitate the patient. But for how long? The current projections for the ultimate fate of New Orleans were already projecting a loss of the city for later in this century. Maybe this is just the best time to unplug the old girl. It's been a great ride, and we'll miss her terribly, but ultimately, she's going anyway.

Damn, I had been hoping to take a paddlewheeler down the river to New Orleans sometime in the next few years, too.

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