New Orleans’ dysfunctional relationship with its environment may make it the nation’s most improbable metropolis. It is flood prone. It is cursed with a fertile disease environment. It is located along a well-worn pathway that tropical storms travel from the Atlantic to the nation’s interior. From this perspective, New Orleans has earned all the scorn being heaped upon itâ€”the city is a misguided urban project, a fool’s errand, a disaster waiting to happen.
But such insults miss why most American cities are built in the first place: to do business.
. . . Thursday September 1, 2005