"Restoring a more natural flow to the city’s interior waterways will also alleviate a major threat to the city: subsidence, which results when the water table drops in a city built on silt rather than bedrock."
This doesn't make any sense. How is the bayou with fresher water going to influence the water table any differently than the same bayou with the same amount of water that was more stagnant.
"The whole plan is driven by a single idea: that we must learn to live with the water all around New Orleans, rather than fight doggedly to keep it out of the city. "
We have built multimillion dollar gates to keep the water out in a similar manner to the old dam. We still will fight doggedly to keep the Lake out of the city.
Improving the Bayou is great but it is not the start of some grand scheme "a gateway to an ambitious blueprint, the Urban Water Plan".
AhContraire makes a good point, remaining in New Orleans is an obstacle for many. The fact that so many have left because of poor schools, crime, political corruption, etc., makes the actual "native" regardless of the definition used somewhat unique. In 1965 we had dreams of a population of 1,000,000 by the 1970's. That notion had been dismissed decades before Katrina.
Seems like there are a lot of other more important standards that should be addressed before we jump on tattoos. Like morbid obesity, criminal backgrounds, etc.
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