New Orleans: An American Masterpiece

The city of New Orleans is one of America's masterpieces and should be rebuilt.

"The real issue is not whether to rebuild the Big Easy, but how...

Cities are collective works of art, and New Orleans is one of America's masterpieces -- a delectable multicultural gumbo whose value is only more pronounced in a nation where the same stores, banks and malls make every place feel like every other place...

It already is a cliche to say that the flood gives New Orleans a chance to turn disaster into opportunity and to build a truly 21st Century city. But the most progressive rebuilding plan of all may be based on a new interpretation of an old idea: Building with respect for nature rather than arrogantly dismissing it."

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