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Four years after Hurricane Katrina, current and former residents of New Orleans and the Gulf coast think about the future

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Scattered around the country, residents of the Crescent City and the Gulf region are of many different minds about returning to their beloved city some four years after Hurricane Katrina. Chef and business owner John "Chappy" Chapman pines for the Gulf, even though he has set up shop in Nashville. In his own mind, he'll never return: "I'm not afraid. It's just that I lost so much." The city can point to a number of recent successes, including the reopening of the Hotel Roosevelt, a noted French Quarter landmark, a number of "green" reconstruction businesses that have been successful. Other commentators have been remarking on the work that needs to be done in and around the city, and some have also noted the continuing tensions between those persons displaced by Hurricane Katrina who ended up in places like Houston. Writing in this Sunday's New York Daily News, journalist Errol Louis noted that there is much to learn from countries like the Netherlands, which have dealt with issues surrounding land reclamation and flood preparation for centuries. It will certainly be interesting to see what the next four years holds for New Orleans.

The first link leads to a piece from this Monday's USA Today which features interviews with former residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The second link will take visitors to a radio piece from National Public Radio about the restoration and rebirth of the Hotel Roosevelt. Moving on, the third link leads to a news article and audio report from Voice of America News about a recent study that looks at the racial tension between Hurricane Katrina evacuees and people in Houston. The fourth link leads to an article from the New Orleans Times Picayune about the creation of a "green" building business in and around New Orleans. The fifth link leads to an editorial piece by Errol Louis about the future of New Orleans in this past Sunday's Daily News. The last link will take users to the excellent Hurricane Digital Memory Bank. Here, visitors can look over contributions from survivors, relief workers, family, and anyone with "reflections on the hurricanes and their aftermath."
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Alternate Title Some ache for New Orleans but not ready to return
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Date Issued 2009-09-04
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Date of Scout Publication 2009-09-04
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