New Orleans' homicide rate soared in 2007, the AP is reporting. Ray Nagin's "Chocolate City" registered 209 homicides last year, a nearly 30 percent increase from the 161 recorded in 2006.
Gee I'm shocked! After the $400 BILLION that the Feds pumped into that state after Hurricane Katrina, you'd think that the citizens would have used the money to rebuild their homes and communities.
In fact, the mayor and his administration are bracing for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid expected to bankroll neighborhood reconstruction in 2008. But this comes as companies are fleeing the NOLA region in droves.
Anyone with experience in New Orleans knows that for many decades it has been a cesspool of crime, dysfunction and corruption. I think that Katrina actually did us all a favor - she tore the first few layers off the stinking on-yon and showed the whole world that New Orleans is just a 7 block area of commercialized fantasy. The vast majority of that area is, and will probably always be, an enclave of hardened criminals and multi-generational welfare families.
But even though 2007 was the bloodiest, the politicians will still have their hands out saying "Where's our money?" and will claim that all the violence and indolence is due to economic issues. That's like saying a 'troubled building' is to blame for criminal activity on a block. It's not the building - it's the inhabitants. Duh!