Wednesday, February 14, 2007


According to The New York Times:

* Damage from Hurricane Andrew amounted to about $139 for each Floridian.

* Destruction caused by terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, cost about $390 per New Yorker.

* Hurricanes Katrina and Rita wreaked roughly $6,700 worth of damage per capita in Louisiana.

See the editorial "Unmatched Destruction," published February 13, 2007.


Adrastos said...

I was struck by that figure as well. I actually think that things in DC are slowly going our way. The Corps is the rub, alas, and that's a helluva rub.

Anonymous said...

I recently attended a national conference held in New Orleans. People from around the country were surprised that things aren't yet "back to normal." They were shocked at the devastation still here.

National news has moved on; we're not a Republican priority; out of sight, out of mind.

The figures you have quoted are sobering and one tremendous reason why things are going to take a long, long time to fix.

There are signs of hope; let's cling to those and keep on keeping on.


Sophmom said...

That was such a powerful editorial. Short and straight to the point.

Miles VanMeter said...

In honor of Mardis Gras, we've put up our first podcast on SMITH mag ( It's a fascinating riff on bars in New Orleans from one of our real-life characters in the new webcomic, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.

If you have any interest in New Orleans, Katrina, or bars, I promise you you'll enjoy the words of Dr. Brobson Lutz, a fine man and true Crescent City character. If you know anyone else who might like it as well, please pass the link on -- it's how we spread the word about what we do.


-- M