Standing in Jackson Square on Sept. 15, President Bush stated, “This
government will learn the lessons of Hurricane Katrina” and promised
to “get the work done quickly.” But on the eve of Katrina’s
one year anniversary, here’s a look at the current state of New Orleans:
than half of the city’s pre-storm population of
460,000 has returned, putting the population at roughly what it was in 1880.
a third of the trash has yet to be picked up.
percent of homes still lack electricity.
percent of the buses are operational.
of the physicians have left, and there is a shortage of 1,000 nurses.
of the nine hospitals remain closed.
percent of public schools have reopened.
– A 40
percent hike in rental rates, disproportionately affecting
and low-income families.
– A 300
percent increase in the suicide rate.
Eighty-four percent of New Orleans residents rate
the government’s recovery efforts negatively, while 66 percent believe
the recovery money has been “mostly wasted.”
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