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Haiti can be the next New Orleans

By Joe Yovino

One was a hurricane …

(AP File photo)

(AP File photo)

One was an earthquake …

(AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Peter Andrew Bosch)

(AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Peter Andrew Bosch)

Both caused death and mass destruction and tore apart infrastructure.

Hurricane Katrina and the Haitian earthquake have many similarities, and that’s why there should be good news ahead for Haiti.

A report today from Dolan Media Newswires shows what can be done in a little more than four short years after a catastrophe.

The “dead zone” – the area between Uptown and the French Quarter in New Orleans – was a “swath of vacant and abandoned buildings bordered by a sea of offices.” And that was before Katrina.

Now the area is alive with new developments and is not only surviving, it’s thriving. It’s thanks, in large part, to the building that occurred after the hurricane.

The Dolan Media Newswires story’s description of activity in New Orleans can serve as an example of what Haiti can become – sure it’ll take time and money, but much can be done in 1,460 days with skilled infrastructure workers.

It may not seem possible in Haiti today, but I’m betting this also didn’t seem possible in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005.

(Dolan Media Newswires photo)

(Dolan Media Newswires photo)

One comment

  1. Let’s get this work started asap

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