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Katrina; Aftermath Essay

2434 words - 10 pages

Hurricane Katrina:
The Road to Recovery

Sean Armstrong

WRA 110, Section 19
Professor Durding
March 27th, 2009

In August 2005, hundreds of thousands of people were forced to alter their lifestyles due to one of the most costly hurricanes in United States history. New Orleans is a vital part to the United States of America’s economy, life-style, and overall persona. New Orleans has always been a renowned United States city, popular to tourists, famous for music, entertainment, education and food. In August of 2005 however a giant storm was creating out in the Gulf of Mexico and was on a direct path leading directly towards New Orleans. It is hard to comprehend how much ...view middle of the document...

Why is New Orleans an important asset to the United States? What was life in New Orleans like Pre-Katrina?
2. What was life in New Orleans like Pre-Katrina?
3. What were the results of the hurricane and the damage it caused?
4. What actions were taken to rebuild New Orleans and by whom?
5. What is the present day life like in New Orleans and what needs to happen to make it the city it once was?
Why is New Orleans an Important Asset
To the United States?
New Orleans is a vital part to the United States of America’s economy, life-style, and overall persona. New Orleans is in prime location for shipping, being right off the Gulf coast and is a vital contributor to our country’s trading routes. Annually, about 6000 ships stop at the New Orleans docks, which in turn create 380,000 United States jobs throughout the country (New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation {NOTMC}, 2008). New Orleans is also a lead contributor in mining for natural resources. In fact, New Orleans represents 11 percent of America’s petroleum (NOTMC, 2008). This is a huge asset for the United States, being a country at war with the Middle East. New Orleans also is a vital cash crop grower ranking in the top 10 for cotton, sugarcane, and rice in the United States (NOTMC, 2008). New Orleans is such a vital part of the United States economy that if the city were to face hardships it would affect not only the locals but also the country as a whole.
What was life in New Orleans like Pre-Katrina?
New Orleans has always been a renowned United States city, popular to tourists, famous for music, entertainment, education, culture and food. With the last accurate United States census conducted in 2000, New Orleans had a population just below 500,000 making it a very influential in the United States overall economy. Tourism and tourist’s spending is what drove the local economy’s in greater New Orleans. In a 2006-2007 marketing plan drawn up by the New Orleans government, they stated that tourism and tourist spending is what drove local parish’s economies (Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and tourism, 2007). Tourism drew in more then 5 billion dollars in annual spending each year, allowing local businesses to thrive. These local businesses provided approximately 85,000 jobs at the time, which is a very high number of jobs considering the population (Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and tourism, 2007). The only thing the city that hurt these local businesses and the overall economy was hurricane season. New Orleans is in prime hurricane location, being just off the Gulf coast.
Tourism and Mardi Gras is not the only thing New Orleans is notably famous for. The ports of New Orleans channel in over 6,000 ships annually, coming from more than 60 countries (Dolfman, Wasser, & Bergman, 2007). These ships in turn export thousands of dollars in good each year as well to countries all over the world. New Orleans leading exports include...

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