September 06, 2005

What happened?

Reporters are starting to piece together accounts of what happened in New Orleans. Here's one report that SDAB pointed us to.

New Orleans has always existed in a delicate balance between land and water, chaos and order, black and white, the very rich and the very poor. ... This week, bit by bit, that delicate balance came completely undone. Water took over earth when levees broke, putting 80 percent of the city under water. The mix of fatalism and bravado that allowed the city's biggest fear - a killer hurricane - to become the marquee drink of Bourbon Street gave way to terror and despair and horrifying spasms of looting and violence.


Posted by jackhodgson at September 6, 2005 01:47 PM