Prophecy or common sense?
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In September 2004, Mike Davis wrote a piece about New Orleans called "Poor, Black, and Left Behind." Here is the most relevant paragraph:
New Orleans had spent decades preparing for inevitable submersion by the storm surge of a class-five hurricane. Civil defense officials conceded they had ten thousand body bags on hand to deal with the worst-case scenario. But no one seemed to have bothered to devise a plan to evacuate the city's poorest or most infirm residents. The day before the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast, New Orlean's daily, the Times-Picayune, ran an alarming story about the "large groupâ€¦mostly concentrated in poorer neighborhoods" who wanted to evacuate but couldn't.
I guess it's good to know that Mike was up there with the scientists, emergency management folks, and urban planners who predicted Katrina. Maybe the government could listen to him in advance next time?