Some interesting data is coming unearthed
after "the worst mass transit crisis in [New York C]ity
history". Essentially, we all should have seen it coming:
"In 2005, Aaron Naparstek, a writer with the New York Press, published a remarkably prescient piece about the vulnerability of New York City to hurricanes, the flooding that would result along the hundreds of miles of shoreline in the five boroughs—with the water filling the sea-level interior flatlands and washing over the reclaimed swamps of Brooklyn—and the ill-prepared psychology of 'a complacent coastal city' where the ocean is not thought of as a threat. Naparstek observed that in fact New York 'is behind only Miami and New Orleans on the list of U.S. cities most likely to suffer a major hurricane disaster.' He cited meteorologists and disaster planners with the city’s Office of Emergency of Management who were in consensus 'that the metropolitan region is due for a big one. Overdue, in fact.' Mike Lee, then Director of Watch Command at the OEM, told Naparstek that the worst-case hurricane scenario for New York City—in which 30 feet or more of storm surge sweeps over the city in a category 3 storm event—'gives emergency managers serious gastrointestinal distress.' Nicholas Coch, a professor of coastal geology at Queens College, said 'The New York City area is the worst possible place for a hurricane to make a landfall.'"
As empathetic people and good Americans
we will naturally help our brothers and sisters along the Eastern Seaboard.
This assistance is a core function of our federal government that lies at
the core of our modern national culture.
This sentence caught my eye, though: "Naparstek observed that in fact New York 'is behind only Miami and New Orleans on the list of U.S. cities most likely to suffer a major hurricane disaster.'"
Do you remember that current of "conservative" voices who pushed the idea of bulldozing New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina? You know, how they said the place was too vulnerable, how it would cost too much money, how there were too many problems there even before the storm? How it would be better to relocate the residents elsewhere?
Have you heard a single politician, pundit, social critic, journalist or media personality push the same idea about the Tri-State? Metropolitan New York is just as brutal to its poorest citizens as New Orleans ever was post-Jim Crow, its police force is also war-crimes-level corrupt, it's just as vulnerable to storms, and the cost of rebuilding it will always be sky high because of how much of the world's fortune the city operates.
Therein lies the point. The same people who saw no reason to rebuild New Orleans didn't suddenly see the light of humanity and pride in a great American city. They saw rich people, a global economy and dollar signs.
In the coming weeks we'll also see how honorable the insurance companies are going to be to the working-class folks in New Jersey, Staten Island and the Rockaways. I have a hunch they won't be very. The people who run this country have never given a fuck about poor people. Why would they start now?