Why is it so important to rebuild New Orleans?

From the Sunday, September 4, 2005 Philadelphia Inquirer~

The article was entitled "Figuring out the future of New Orleans"

"There are national implications to weigh in protecting New Orleans. Beyond the French Quarter and other historic attractions, the New Orleans area is home to one-fourth of the nation's oil and natural-gas production, and one-third of its seafood catch. The region is home to the nation's largest port complex, moving 16 percent of America's cargo.

New Orleans shows how interdependent we are as a country," Durrant said. "New Orleans is important for the nation, not just the inhabitants there."

(John E. Durrant is the managing director of engineering programs for the American Society of Civil Engineers.)


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