Friday, February 18, 2011

Remember New Orleans?

Blighted and vacant homes continue to plague Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in New Orleans, new U.S. Census Bureau data released Monday show.

More than 65,000 homes that the 2005 storm damaged were still unfit for habitation in 2009, according to the bureau's 2009 American Housing Survey for the New Orleans Metropolitan Area.

About two-thirds of these units were headed for condemnation or demolition, but that legal process is slow, leaving the city littered with tens of thousands of unsafe, unsanitary dwellings.

I seem to remember one president who ignored the city, and was rightly criticised for it, and another president who ran promising to remedy the situation . . . and has subsequently ignored the problem.

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