While Gustav sparks this public post, my thoughts were mixed about it a couple years ago.
The meteorological experts say there is a cyclical pattern to the increases and decreases of hurricane activity in the Gulf/Caribbean area.
That being said, after reading this - http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/781431.html -
and seeing that hurricane activity like the 05’ hurricane season will be more and more common for the next 10-40 years… is there a point to rebuilding a city so vulnerable like New Orleans over and over again?
I mean, I understand the magnitude of saying, sorry, you can’t live in this place anymore where many have placed their roots. But with billions of dollars being spent to get everyone back on their feet to simply have it happen a few years later and perhaps sooner and sooner? With 1,836 lives lost, 705 people still missing, over 100$billion dollars of damage, and over 400,000 jobs lost due to financial crisis… do we really need to be put through that again?
Edit: thank Neuromancer for his grade A proofreading skills