Despite its slow death at the hands of Athenae, the New OrleansTimes Picayunereports on population trends in post-Katrina South Louisiana:
latest population forecast suggests southern parishes will continue
leading the state in growth for the next two decades…
Katrina, however, knocked some parishes in different directions, most
notably Orleans, said Troy Blanchard, a Louisiana State University
sociologist who conducted the research…
Orleans was in a four-decade slide before Katrina, then took an abrupt
population decline when the federal levees failed and flooded most of
the city. Now, Blanchard said, New
Orleans is positioned to grow slowly over the next two decades,
although it still won’t reach its pre-Katrina population in that time
“Grow slowly” seems to be a hideous
overstatement, given the data. Blanchard’s study projects the
population of New Orleans to increase by 15,000 (from 260k to 275k*)
…over the next 20 years!
That’s practically no growth at all! I mean, for a city that lost a
quarter million people after the Federal Flood, and which has gained
back 100,000 in the past three years, to add only 15k more over the
nexttwenty years is a profoundly discouraging thought.
In fact, I reject that thought. That forecast is entirely unacceptable to me. I will not entertain it.
Having trouble… avoiding it… 15k over 20 years… that grim projection still haunts me.
I will attempt to distract myself withpron stars and unicorn blog flair (press press press)
enough of a mind-eraser. It’s difficult to understand, but that “slow
growth” forecast reads to me like a “slow death sentence”. New Orleans’
problems over the coming decades are too vast and too deep for the
current population to handle. The city needs to re-populate and grow,
or else it will collapse. Actually, projecting growth of 15k residents
over the next twenty years is probably theleast likely scenario. If the city doesn’t grow by at least 100k, I believe, it will effectively implode.
It will become a truly dystopian urban landscape, a laBlade Runner.
Everyone who can leave, will. They’ll go to the functioning “off world”
cities, and only the poor, the afflicted, and the holdouts will remain.
(Except for the occasional visit from violent robots seeking refuge.) If you
thought New Orleans’ “decrepitude” was already “accelerated”, you ain’t
seen nothing yet. The frustration here is already high, given our
leaders’ corruption and incompetence, and the national recession hasn’t even
“hit” us yet. In a few years, if the rest of the country is recovering
while we’re still wallowing in our microsolutions to megaproblems, many
New Orleanians (perhaps not excluding myself) will get too fed up to
continue fighting the good fight. The population will decrease, and the
problems will be magnified. If you think post-FF New Orleans can
seamlessly transform into a coastal “boutique” city like
Savannahston… you got another thing coming.
It’s frustrating. Here’s a distracting tangent that I’ll pursue for therapeutic purposes. Indulge me.
Does anyone else notice that Harrison Ford’s character inBlade Runner isn’t much of a Replicant bounty hunter?
his first altercation, he’s backstage at a club and gets sucker-punched
by a half naked female Replicant who strangles him with his tie. He’s
saved by a timely interruption– a gaggle of showgirls enter the
dressing room. (Later he’s able to shoot the unarmed replicant in the
Then Deckard is in the street when a stronger male
Replicant grabs him and slaps his gun away. He keeps his sense of humor
as the Replicant tosses him around, busting him up, and is just about
to have his brain poked in when a personal assistant finds the gun on
the ground and shoots the Replicant for him.
Later Deckard is
able to overcome an unarmed Replicant “pleasure model” who tries to
strangle him with her thighs. Then he gets abused and toyed with by a
Replicant ubermensch who decides to save Deckard from falling to his
death just before the Replicant himself expires.
Then Deckard grabs his new girlfriend and gets out of town.
* The 260k number is probably low. New Orleans’ population is closer to
300k, perhaps over. But the projected rate of growth is what I’m