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Thursday, April 27, 2006

New Orleans: Situation bad, and getting worse.

New Orleans civil rights/human rights lawyer Bill Quigley paints a mainly bleak picture of what things are like in the Big Easy eight months after Hurricane Katrina.
  • 300,000 people still have not been able to return to the city. This is more than half of New Orleans pre-Katrina population.

  • The turnout in the ercent city electons was only 36 percent of registered voters. Not surprisingly, turnout was high in the wealthier and whiter parts of the city [largely undamaged] and very low in poor, black areas. Despite the dispersion of the city's pre-Katrina population to other states, there were not satellite voting stations in places like Houston or Atlanta. The disappearance of New Orleans' black voters will have repercussions in statewide elections, where Democrats have relied on heavy support from the city to eke out narrow victories.

  • New Orleans has lost almost 80 percent of its primary care doctors, and only slightly smaller percentages of its dentists and psychiatrists. The city's remaining hospitals are seriously overburdened and patient waiting times have skyrocketed.

  • Most of the money that's poured into the city for rebuilding has been sucked up by out-of-state contractors and subcontractors. The people who actually do the work are get around 25 cents out of each rebuilding dollar paid to contractors. Many of the contractors appear to have gotten work on the basis of their contributions to the GOP, not on any demonstrated ability to get work done in New Orleans.

  • Almost all of the federal money going to New Orleans is paying for private housing, and the percentage of money targeted for low and middle income housing has been cut. Most public housing destroyed by the hurricane will not be replaced. Current plans call for 700 replacement units — there were over 7300 public housing units before Katrina.

That's only a part the story that Quigley tells in his article. You can read it here.

Via truthout.

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