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  •  ND has been trying to get people (none)
    to relocate there for years.  They especially need women and have advertised for women plumbers, women businesses, etc...

    It is just so difficult to see the people of New Orleans relocated to these desolate areas when the white people already figured out that they needed to move on long ago.   Is there some resource or source of perpetual revenue for these people to build in this area?  Or is it just barren waste land to build yet another reservation?  New Orleans obviously handled these people previously, why now do they have to be permanently displaced?

    Your heart's in the right place, but just asking a simple question.

    Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshall

    by bronte17 on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 01:54:50 PM PDT

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    •  Only proposing this as an option... (none)
      for those that are interested in making a complete fresh start, in a region not prone to regular tropical cyclonic activity. This would be completely voluntary. And I don't even live in the region, but might like to someday.

      I only leave the particulars up to the Chambers of Commerce and the ingenuity of Dorgan's policy wonks...only an idea.

      People in Eurasia on the brink of oppression: I hope it's gonna be alright... Pet Shop Boys: Introspective

      by rgilly on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 02:02:56 PM PDT

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    •  Some will want to leave, sure. (none)
      After an experience like Katrina, who could blame folks for not wanting to risk a repeat? So it seems like a fine idea to offer those people opportunities elsewhere. And, frankly, there are many places in the US that would be much improved by an infusion of New Orleans culture.

      But many will want to go back and rebuild the city they love. It would be very wrong for there to be any sort of coercion.

      Plus, you know, ND has winter. Real winter. Winter like most Americans have never seen. Forty-below winter. It's fine if you grow up to it and know how to cope. To people from warmer climates, it can be a terrible shock. I predict, if ND does persuade some New Orleans residents to relocate, half of them will be so homesick they'll move back inside of two years.

      Folly is fractal: the closer you look at it, the more of it there is. - TNH

      by Canadian Reader on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 02:32:59 PM PDT

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      •  Savannah, Georgia... (none)
        and the Carolinas, perhaps? Upland and interior area for those burnt out on the direct effects of hurricanes...

        People in Eurasia on the brink of oppression: I hope it's gonna be alright... Pet Shop Boys: Introspective

        by rgilly on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 02:36:35 PM PDT

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        •  But, you know hurricanes can be withstood (none)
          and they pass.  Then life goes on again.  And, life in New Orleans was good to many.  I read that New Orleans' population was the least likely to migrate elsewhere, so they have deep roots there...

          Sit back and watch.  See if New Orleans beacons the rich to build their hotels and exurbs to suit their lifestyles...in what was formerly a city of vast cultural narrative.  They want New Orleans and its rich culture, they just don't want to see the people that actually make New Orleans so rich.

          Try telling Tokyo or Amsterdam or any major city on the coast to just relocate because they shouldn't live there anymore.  The knock-out blow to New Orleans was that breaking levee (which bush stole the funding to finish it), it wasn't the hurricane.

          Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshall

          by bronte17 on Mon Sep 05, 2005 at 03:59:30 PM PDT

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