About that NIMBY "thing"
So – now that I’ve been in one of those trailers, I am absolutely sure that I could not spend an indefinite amount of time living in one. Furthermore, I totally fail to see a family living in one of them for more than a very short span. Long-term, it would seem to be incredibly damaging to the fabric of a family.
These things are not – by any stretch of the imagination – homes. They’re big campers! They aren’t “trailers” as in.. “trailer parks”.
To my mind, the fundamental problem is not (as has been said) “Who would live in those trailers?” or “They need background checks”. And "Where will those trailers be?" would be totally irrelevant (and I'd joyfully stomp on those NIMBY'ers) if the underlying question was addressed. It all boils down to one thing: What the heck is the plan???
And has anybody made a decision on whether all areas of the city can be rebuilt? Until somebody does, would all homeowners be in those trailers? To what purpose? Because at that point, they would be the same as #2:
And how long, after one has acquired the Holy Grail (a job) should someone be staying in a FEMA trailer? What if there isn’t enough rental property in a year?
All of these people are New Orleanians. Period. They deserve answers to these questions, just as the paranoid folks do.
The real problem with the FEMA trailers is that they are, by nature, intended to be VERY temporary. Until the city delivers a real live Plan, people are likely to continue objecting with cries of NIMBY.
It’s too bad (pathetically so) that many of the objections are so obviously prejudicial, and Jackie Clarkson totally missed the boat here:
She dismissed worries that the trailer squabbles will disgust Congress and the nation when the city and the state are lobbying for record amounts of recovery aid, a concern of New Orleans resident Amanda Phillips.
"It absolutely gives us the wrong image after people have given to us so generously," said Phillips, who rejected neighborhood pleas to fight a trailer park planned at Uptown's Wisner Park.
Ms. Phillips is right. It gives NOLA a very bad image… and people are absolutely disgusted.
Unfortunately, the attitude displayed by uncharitable people all around the city is a symptom. The root cause of this entire debacle (imho) comes right back on the failure of the city’s “leaders” to articulate a plan.
Suck it up, Mayor Nagin. Stop talking out of both sides of your mouth and do what needs to be done already. Either the city intends to bring everybody back or it doesn’t.