MOSAIC NOLA:The Gentilly Project

Monday, October 17, 2005

Will New Orleans Soul be Lost Forever?

The soul of New Orleans lied in its black middle/lower class population. They lived near or at the poverty level and rented their homes. Now insurance agencies are claiming that many families will not be covered for any of their losses. Will the re-birth of New Orleans take on an entirely new shape? Will economic boundaries prevent the poor inhabitants of these small but vital communities from returning to their homes? With an extreme loss of jobs in the New Orleans area people must migrate elsewhere to find work. How can jobs be established in NO to draw its former population back in and ensure that the culture remains intact? These small communities need strong political support to prevent the city from being re-built in a manner that does not facilitate New Orleans historic incubation of Black middle class Americans.


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