Politics with a Punch: This Thursday

Louisiana coastal residents are advised to move forward, or just move

  // Thursday, 13 March 2014 16:46 //

Louisiana coastal residents must come to terms with their communities' vulnerability, and local government officials must at times realize that the best practice is to relocate as opposed to rebuild, especially if rebuilding is simply to previous flood-prone levels. That was the message Thursday from many national and local speakers at the University of New Orleans.

The two-day Building Resilience Workshop V kicked off under the theme “Communities on the Edge.

" And while lamenting the drivers that keep people in communities vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters, the presenters and those in the workshop’s audience readily acknowledged the strength of those drivers and how difficult it can be to leave land that has strong cultural and familial attachment, often dating back generations.

“The draw of homeland is so strong.

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