The obliteration of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina is pretty devastating, and horrible for the inhabitants.
Although the first and obvious reaction is to rebuild, as that city is now officially abandoned, is rebuilding it the obvious solution?
As the USA is not as generous to the unemployed as we are in the UK, then long before New Orleans is rebuilt the displaced people are going to have to find accommodation and employment elsewhere in the USA.
This raises the question of why rebuild the city at all?
If it is found that New Orleans is needed, then it could be rebuilt on a new, higher site, either natural or man-made, close by.
It would not be the first urban area to be repositioned because of a natural disaster.
R Ross Cunningham (M), Station View, Holm Street, Portpatrick, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Scotland DG9 8LD