by Ron Kenner
American Reporter Correspondent
April 5, 2007
'ORLÉANS EMBRACE:' A MAGNIFICENT TRIBUTE TO A CITY'S SOUL
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- If you believe what's been displayed on controversial satellite imagery of New Orleans lately - a pristine, lush landscape with fully developed neighborhoods, all somehow magically put back together after Katrina - no doubt you believe in Santa Claus.
But in late August 2005, some 80 percent of New Orleans flooded, whole neighborhoods disappeared, and all too many died - needlessly - in the costliest and most devastating hurricane in U.S. history.
Many New Orlean residents (and others) were stunned by the use of outdated satellite images. A snafu, some said, but others were cynical, wondering if this wasn't one more bad p.r. response to disaster - spanning the prelude to the war in Iraq all the way to the Walter Reed scandal- as if our problems could be solved by a more pleasing image. If only it were so.
Yet occasionally there is still real progress. And why not in New Orleans, in the French Quarter, blessed with the high ground but also, nowadays, persevering as one of the world's more indomitable places?