Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast. The impact of Katrina and government bungling continue to inflict major pain on the people left behind. These numbers offer some hints of what remains.
True, some jobs that have been lost aren't coming back to New Orleans. But new businesses and jobs are surfacing to take their place. And the Department of Labor is helping ease the transition from lost jobs to new jobs.
It's been an incredible experience to spend the first half of the year in New Orleans, as it's roller-coastered from Super Bowl-inspired ecstasy to oil-spill-driven gloom. No city has traveled so far on the emotional spectrum so fast.
The feds were concerned that New Orleanians would get housing grants and be unaccountable. Someone has been unaccountable to the tune of $80 billion over the past five years. What do you know, it's the Pentagon.
In New Orleans, there have been notable steps forward in arts, education and entrepreneurship since Katrina. The bad news is that the "temporary" pumps installed for future floods do not, and cannot work.
It's more than obvious: large portions of New Orleans will never be rebuilt. As my mom put it, "You're nothing if you're poor and black. You're on your own." Three years after Katrina, that reality hasn't changed.