|A new hope for New Orleans meant getting rid of the underclass population... that has happened|
Remember, that was just a simple, harmless thought experiment.Imagine you are a terrorist organization, in control of a weather modification weapon.
You realize one of the top tourist cities in the entire nation is below sea level. This city is also home to depressed property values in certain, blighted areas that happen to be occupied by an almost entirely black population.
The city is itself 70 percent black, with the area where highly desirable (zoned) residential property is located is 95 percent black.*
What do you do?
You utilize this weapon to create a hurricane that will overwhelm the engineered defenses (levees) created to keep flood water out of the city.
Perhaps you place explosives in certain parts of the levee so that when they go off, the flood water pours into the heavily blighted area.
Homes are washed away.
People are displaced as refuges all across the nation, never to return.
The property goes up for sale at bargain prices in that certain, blighted area: it had been passed down from one generation to another, mortgages paid for, but never appreciating in value because the primary occupants of this ‘ward’ scared away outside investors.**
Again: bargain prices.
Investors swoop in -- legitimate companies that serve as fronts for the terrorist organization that utilized a weather modification weapon to create the storm in the first place.
Gentrification occurs after substantial outside investment, with the inhibitions to actual progress – namely the black population – safely removed from the formerly blighted, lake-front property. It only took a manufactured storm to remove them, a diaspora spread across the nation -- enriching other cities where this organization owns Section 8 Houses...
Property value increases exponentially, which drastically improves the quality of life and sustainability of the entire city. Families resettle in this city, as do outside business interests no longer scared away by the "Murder City" rap this metropolitan-area long carried.More importantly, with the peaceful removal of large segments of the black population, a more business-friendly white mayor/city council can be elected (and wonderfully funded: the joy of campaign donations in buying politicians and favors!)Perhaps using eminent domain laws, those property's that remain unsold in this area of the city can be seized...
Can you name the city?
Can you name the 'natural disaster'?
No, there is no terrorist organization (sorry, Cobra is just for G.I. Joe comics) bent on world domination.
But let this be known -- prior to 2005, this city was headed to a Detroit-style collapse.
And the white population reacted strongly to those 'refugees' of the "natural disaster" with shocking unity.
On September 1, 2013, SBPDL will be bringing to you one of the most important books you'll ever read:
The Day After Katrina: The Rebirth of New OrleansIt will be a no-holds-barred look at the history of blacks in New Orleans, pre-Katrina and post-Katrina.
Understand this: the rebirth of New Orleans meant changing course from the city becoming just another Detroit. That happened.
* Pre-Storm: The Ninth Ward is a historically black district with black working class homeowner neighborhoods. Today, it is still predominantly black with strong ties to the neighborhood. The Lower Ninth Ward’s population is 95% African American; the Upper Ninth Ward’s population is 82% African American.