New Orleans: Whose Recovery Is It?

Mardi Gras is approaching, but so much of New Orleans still suffers. As residents debate the future, this much is clear: the city will have fewer people. How happy they will be is another question

The President's handlers steered him away from hard-hit areas in New Orleans, just as they had during his previous visits to the stricken city. So George W. Bush last week proclaimed himself pleased with the city's progress after his motorcade drove past the largely undamaged 19th century mansions of St. Charles Street. His friends and fund raisers in town insist that the President "gets it," as shipyard owner Boysie Bollinger says. They have kept up the heat on the White House by hammering home the theme that Katrina didn't doom the city; poor levee construction by the Federal Government did. Still,...

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