Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Who can afford pride?

Yay for Ray Nagin.

Shortcomings in aid from the U.S. government are making New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin look to other nations for help in rebuilding his hurricane-damaged city.

Nagin, who has hosted a steady stream of foreign dignitaries since Hurricane Katrina hit in late August, says he may seek international assistance because U.S. aid has not been sufficient to get the city back on its feet.

"I know we had a little disappointment earlier with some signals we're getting from Washington but the international community may be able to fill the gap," Nagin said when a delegation of French government and business officials passed through on Friday to explore potential business partnerships.

Jordan's King Abdullah also visited New Orleans on Friday and Nagin said he would encourage foreign interests to help redevelop some of the areas hardest hit by the storm.

"France can take Treme. The king of Jordan can take the Lower Ninth Ward," he said, referring to two of the city's neighborhoods.

And Yay for France and Jordan.


At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Ace said...

Can't wait for Nagin to host an economic partnership development team from Haiti. They might - might I say - be able to afford to enter into an economic redevelopment partnership to restore the paint stripes in a mall parking lot somewhere.

One problem that is very politically incorrect to suggest is that a metropolitan area of more than 1 million people ought not to be rebuilt below sea level in a hurricane zone. Some call that "ethnic cleansing"; I call it planning ahead...


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