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Thursday, September 08, 2005

A Stronger Community

Algiers is proving its mettle through one of the most wrenching, terrible events ever experienced in the United States. Its residents are resilient and devoted, and will no doubt have a central role in the rebuilding to come.

For many in Algiers, the immediate crisis has passed, and the next phase is beginning. In coming days, its residents will have time to ponder the wider view of the destruction, and its implications. It is horrifying to read about the misery and devastation that has visited the entire region. Adding insult to injury is the speculation and discussion about whether New Orleans can, or should, be rebuilt at all.

IMHO (in my humble opinion), this is moot, and sheer nonsense to boot. How can there be any question, when people feel this way:

"I loved AP before today, but after meeting so many inspirational people all in such close proximity to my beloved (and miraculously totally unscathed) house, I cannot imagine living anywhere else, and am more enthusiastic than ever about rebuilding New Orleans."

and this way:

"We WILL continue to embrace the diversity of our very unique society. Damn those that suggest that consideration should be made regarding rebuilding our very, very special City. We have gifted the world with our food, our music, our culture and most importantly OUR people. Each and every one of you is special, VERY special.

I received word that my shop had been looted and trashed. I could relocate...I WON'T. I CHOOSE to live in New Orleans." (read the full email here)

From where I sit, there really isn't any question about whether or not New Orleans will be rebuilt. The heart of it - the Community - has never been stronger.


  • At 7:35 PM, Blogger Alastair said;

    A few pictures of the folks in the Point http://algierspointimages.shutterfly.com/action/?a=8CYtWrRm1cufg

  • At 10:00 AM, Blogger Alastair said;

    http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8CYtWrRm1cukA Point houses

  • At 10:02 AM, Blogger Alastair said;

    This is a link to shutterly for pictures of lots of the houses in Algiers Point http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8CYtWrRm1cukA

  • At 10:06 AM, Blogger Polimom said;

    Alastair - you are incredible. The shots of the people, in particular, spoke volumes! Thank you so much!!!! We are posting these links, also, on polimom.com.

  • At 1:10 PM, Blogger missdevilred said;

    My significant other and I were planning to move to New Orleans at some point in the not-to-distant future before Katrina came along, and although it's made us a little wary, hasn't changed our plans :-)

  • At 1:20 PM, Blogger Polimom said;

    That's the spirit!

  • At 10:37 PM, Blogger pam said;

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  • At 11:31 PM, Blogger pam said;


    thank you for getting pics of our house! glad to finally see a pic of our house after hearing it was okay.

    (george and) pam (pelican st)

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