Skeletons in my closet

The silent running dialogue that I often have with myself.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Not another Rant!

I am on a different tip today.

I am having a hard time understanding the evacuee phenomenon.

I live in a city that is probably second only to New Orleans in suffering from Katrina wrath. Now the city itself suffered minimal storm damage. Lights out, some things damages but nothing major, or at least nothing on the New Orleans scale.

Our problem came the months and the weeks after the storm. A city of 300,000 suddenly has 400,000 additional citizens. Overnight we became the largest city in Louisiana. And attitudes were horrible.

Traffic was a mess. Normal roadways were beyond congestion. Traffic clog the city bringing Baton Rouge life to a virtual standstill. Rush hour traffic stretched from 7am-9am and 3-6pm to the unforgiving 6-10am 2-7pm. Every venture from home was met by back to back traffic for miles on every major corridor in the city. Attitudes were horrible.

Shopping was horrible. If you made it to the mall, or toWal-Mart, or to Albertsons, you were adversarialy met, and then defeated by blows of shelves absent the necessities of life. Could not even find Camilla Redbeans….THIS IS SOUTH LOUISIANA! Attitudes were horrible.

Weak Schools were subjected to an influx of unprepared, unwilling, and disenfranchised students. Classes were added, class rooms already at the brink were restructured reinforced, and added to. We change testing requirements! The sentiment was there buut the attitudes were horrible.

For the uninformed: New Orleans is a proud culturally rich city. Run back blacks, populated by blacks. The major economy is tourism. The majority of the people employed work in the service industry. The working poor abound. But se bon ton roulette.

Further more the arrogance that comes from New Orleans is astounding. Some people in this city have never left their burrow, or city. Some have been to Africa and Europe six times but couldn’t tell you where or what Shreveport is! It is kinda “I would rather be poor in New Orleans than just be anywhere else ”.

So to make it short, New Orleaners are simply contemptuous about every one else in Louisiana. We the sticks they the city, the state would not exist but for New Orleans.

A truer statement is the state would exist, but we would be more like Idaho, or Nebraska.

Over time, with improvements to the roads, traffic got better. Plus people left the city, or went home. Our population dropped.

Over time the stores, managed their shelves better, increased orders, and hired additional staff.

Over time the schools did what they always do, respond to the needs of the people. They struggle but always manage.

Attitudes stayed a mess. The only thing that has stayed if not grown is the rival nature of the people of these two cities. I don’t get it. Baton Rouge hates New Orleans more than ever. I hoped, envisioned, dreamed of a new day for SouthEast Louisiana. I envisioned southeast Louisiana with a united stronger economy. I envisioned a southeast Louisiana with a united diverse populace.

SOS….Same Ole Shyte!


  • At 11:57 AM, Blogger Serenity23 said…

    I have met some New Orleans folk that just outright love their city. But all of them aren't like that. And some took this as an opportunity to make a new start. And I'll have to agree that BR is no N.O. and things are slower. But I think that's what BR folks love about the city. Well that and LSU.:) And as far as SOS, how about the political scene in Louisiana during the hurricane and now in its aftermath.

  • At 3:13 PM, Blogger Berry said…

    I get what you are saying. Someone could right a book on the topic because it is THAT deep.

  • At 11:06 AM, Blogger Call 2 Arms said…

    Interesting info.


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