The "recovery" continues to continue being planned
None of these plans involve the most important aspect--flood protection. Do we have any? How reliable is it? Is it impossible to protect New Orleans or just impossible for the Army Corps of Engineers to protect New Orleans? The latest news is that there will be more street flooding than in the past, partly because the flood protection system we have is patched up, inherently flawed and in progress. Not street flooding when we get a category 2 hurricane but when a tropical storm (read: long heavy thunderstorm) passes over the city. It seems like (and I mean that strictly, not to infer that what follows is true) fears are being borne out--the majority of the population, black and middle class and working class and working poor (Who do you think worked in the hotels? acted as special education aides and changed diapers of autistic children? worked in the plethora of t-shirt and daiquiri shops pre-Katrina?) have been driven away and no plans are being considered or made to bring them back; the middle class we have, largely white but also black, Vietnamese, East Indian, etc., is leaving now, mid-summer, especially if they have school-age or young children. Every person I've met leaving New Orleans, permanently or semi-permanently, has children. The lack of a public school system will soon be less of a problem.