Wednesday, September 07, 2005

NY Times on the stay vs. return decision for NOLA evacuees in Houston

Here. I do think the city will take a substantial short-term population hit as many refuse to return, but as long as jobs are generated (port, oil & gas, tourism, construction), people will go there - whether they are from there originally or new arrivals mostly from rural Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.


At 12:51 PM, September 07, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Orleans will always be there, simply because there needs to be a port at the mouth of the Mississippi River and it is a key energy-producing region. But I think it is a given that "Newer Orleans" is going to be considerably smaller in population than it was. I wouldn't be surprised if Baton Rouge eventually emerges as Louisiana's largest and most important city, since a lot of people and businesses from New Orleans have migrated there already.

It will be interesting to look back twenty, thirty, fifty years from now and see what effect this disaster ultimately had.


At 2:42 PM, September 07, 2005, Blogger kjb434 said...

I think the growth of New Orleans will lie in the revamping of their city government. There government have been stuck in same circle for 60s of a welfare state while cities in suburbs, Baton Rouge, Atlanta, and Houston have grown dramatically with a differenct concept of social policy.

Sure the economic port and jobs will come back, but a chunk of the population were unemployed and were never going to take available jobs if offered (and there have been many that have to be given to immagrant workers and relocated citizens).

These people will be of no good lost to New Orleans.


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