An Exclusive and Brutally Frank Report by JT Nesbitt,
a New Orleans resident and the designer of the radically cool Confederate Motorcycles
' B91 Wraith
), in the wake of the destruction of the company's factory during Hurricane Katrina. via
Before Katrina, Hispanics accounted for 3 percent of New Orleans’ population, with just 1,900 Mexicans showing up in the 2004 Census. No one knows for certain how many new ones have arrived, but estimates put the number between 10,000 and 50,000.
"[Operation Fresh Start's] mission is to use energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to reduce the human suffering and economic loss caused by natural disasters."
An intiative of the Dept. of Energy, Operation Fresh Start has helped many communities rebuild after disasters. Under the case studies link
you can read about four. The most fascinating is Valmeyer, IL
, which moved two miles to higher ground after being destroyed in the 1993 Mississippi River floods. Here is a Context article
about the Valmeyer move, and one from Smithsonian Magazine
, both well worth reading. (The DOE also published Rebuilding for the future...A guide to Sustainable Redevelopment for Disaster-Affected Communities
went live today. Six time-lapse cameras are shooting one frame of film every five minutes from rooftops near the World Trade Center site. Explore the cameras
, or watch the (rather lovely) film trailer.
They've already had three?
Fellow MeFites, I would like to present you the opportunity to attend the Fourth Rebuilding Iraq Expo
, to be held April 26-29 in Arbil, Iraq. Sure wish I could make it.
Buying up Iraq
and Moving Targets
sample paragraph from the first article:Trying to rebuild a country, when you are policing its civilians and fighting an escalating guerilla war, is a daunting task at best but the United States has boxed itself into an impossible position. Having justified its war on Iraq as measure that would bring liberation and Western-style democracy to Iraq, it needs Iraq to conduct elections as a fig-leaf to justify its occupation and allow it to step away from the impossible task of governing what may now have become an ungovernable country. And, the Bush Administration wants the Iraqi elections to be held before the American presidential ones. But, the Iraqi political scene contains several irresolvable contradictions.
sample paragraph from the second article (within)
A complex of angular buildings and a 1,776-foot spire
designed by architect Daniel Libeskind was chosen as the plan for the World Trade Center site on Wednesday, The Associated Press has learned. (via Salon)
more like it.
Finally a design for rebuilding the WTC that captures the appropriate spirit. Far better than the other designs
I've seen. No doubt some will think it too much, though. What's your opinion?