Reconstruction Decision-Making Puts Barriers in the Path of the Displaced
The “Bring New Orleans Back Commission” has designated parts of New Orleans East “delayed recovery”—which means that residents can rebuild only at their own risk, without any guarantee that there will be any basic public services in the near future.
New Orleans East—the northern part of Lower Ninth Ward—has been a heaven for the Black middle class for some 30 years. Now many of them are presented with an unpalatable choice—either rebuild their old neighborhood despite its uncertain future, or live with the racism in the white-dominated suburbs (in areas that may, at any rate, be unaffordable).
Susan E. Howell and John B. Vinturella, “Forgotten in New Orleans,” Op-Ed, New York Times, 20 April 2006.