Our local paper, The Times-Picayune, really hit the nail on the head with this one. In a an editorial called "Permitting everything," the paper calls attention to the folly of allowing almost everyone, no matter how flooded or low-lying the neighborhood, to just rebuild right back at the same elevation.
I complained about the short-sightedness of this a few days ago, too, and warned that we're dooming our own future.
I keep hearing about the new New Orleans. Still hoping to see it one day.