But it's not just because of that. It's the most European because it's a survivor.
New Orleans will never die. The city has been there for a very long time, and always will be, in all its peculiar strangeness and beauty. And it's not just the buildings - it's the culture, and the people who make up the culture. Black and white, wealthy and poor. They will endure.
And in all the other places devastated by the hurricane, maybe not so famous or well-loved as New Orleans, those people will endure too. They will survive and they will come back to build their lives again.
It's time to stop wallowing in the gory details of this disaster and start supporting the people who need help. Here on dKos, I've seen HUGE energy poured into political argument and pissing contests regarding this disaster. That energy could, and should, be diverted to more useful purposes. Here's a suggestion: if you feel like complaining about Bush, or if you want to bitch about something else that's political, STOP TYPING and send money to a charity that will help with the hurricane effort.
And after that, listen to some music from New Orleans. Dale's excellent New Orleans Second Line diary gives some suggestions.