A recent poll (by Ipsos) has found that 54 percent of Americans want the vast sections of New Orleans that were flooded by Hurricane Katrina moved to a safer location. The city, home to about half a million people, sits six feet below sea level on average. The suggestion to move the city, originating from Hastert (Republican) and now primarily supported by Republicans, makes perfect sense. (As much as I hate to admit the Republicans could be right about anything!) This ain't the Stone Age folks! We should be able to figure out that if you put homes under sea level next to a large river and the ocean, you're going to have problems. And I don't see why the whole country should continuously bail out those who choose to live on a flood plane. We aren't living in over-populated Bangladesh. The new city could be started on unused land several miles inland.
I suggest doing all we can to take care of victims of the current disaster. The government should then buy up the low-lying areas and create a giant park. The same should be done for many similar communities in Florida. It's a waste to have some small area like Louisana annually suck up 7 or 8 times the FEMA funds used by the entire state of California. We've been paying to protect these areas and now once disaster hits we'll pay again.
I realize this all my sound callous to some, to worry about this when displaced residents are still looking for places to live and how to survive. But I'm concerned that the decision to rebuild the city where it was will be made without adequate deliberation. In a sense, this is an opportunity that will probably only come once a century. The city's been destroyed so now is the time to move it. There's no point in waiting 50 or 100 years for Katrina 2.