Sunday, December 11, 2005

Death of an American City - New York Times

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Blogger Demotiki said...

I really love New Orleans. It's very sad that it may never be the same.

I have a proposal for the city. The buildings of the 9th ward should be bulldozed into the ground, all of the garbage from all around the city should then be piled on top of the broken buildings, then they should be covered by three meters of sand. Then the new 9th ward should be built on top of them, with substantial walk ups to the first floor.

When I was in Vietnam we turned a collection of swamps and rice paddies into a modern residential community. We just used 3 meters of sand. It wasn't even that expensive. New Orleans is a giant port, getting sand for land-fill would be pretty inexpensive I would guess.


Monday, December 12, 2005 7:39:00 AM  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

That's an interesting idea Demo. I bet it could work.

How long were you in Vietnam? working? (just curious, as always-not trying to pry)

Monday, December 12, 2005 2:53:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

I was only there for one year. I had the greatest job in the world, working for a Chinese billionaire building the Saigon South
development on the southern edge of Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon has real problems developing the downtown area because the war destroyed all of the civil engineering records; nobody knows where the pipes, sewers and electrical wires run. That makes it hard to dig foundations for large buildings, or to service existing infrastructure. Saigon South is a green field city planned by American Architects. Check out their website, I took a lot of the photos and designed the original website (which the foolishly changed). I especially like the photo I took of the woman looking at a circuit board through a magnifying glass.

One of the great things about living in Vietnam was to see up close how forgiving the Vietnamese people are. Despite the fact that we bombed the country into the Stone Age, they didn’t treat me badly at all. I just hope to God that the Iraqi people are as forgiving.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 8:28:00 PM  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

Thanks. That sounds interesting. Before I went to NYC last year I was 'researching' the city a bit and go a book that discussed in detail the infrastructure required to support Manhattan. It was fascinating, seriously. Geez, I think what is under the ground interested me more than the above ground attractions!

I share your hope for the Iraqis but have serious doubts.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Hey kyahgirl--OK, I've found someone interested in NYC's underworkings. I had thought to write a novel along the lines of "Flatland" in which an entity travels from the bottom to the top of NYC along the various lines and tubes that connect the city...maybe a short story?

If you have any data in electronic form, could you e-mail it (or URLs) to me?


Friday, December 16, 2005 3:25:00 PM  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

I'll go check the books I have a home and mail the info. I'm drawing a blank and can't remember titles right now.
Old age creeps in!

Friday, December 16, 2005 5:41:00 PM  

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