Project Lower 9th

This blog is an archive of design process created by multi-disciplinary students from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. We are exploring how design can make a difference in the course of reuniting Lower 9th Ward residents. Please join our journey in helping the people of New Orleans.

February 27, 2006

Political Issues

Today a well-respected professor at Art Center asked me why Project Lower 9th is not recognizing any of the politic issues. I thought it is a good and relevant question to ask. The problems with politics are the politicians. The self-righteous language used by politicians has created a space between evacuees and the rebuilding process.

The politicians are definitely the cause of resentment because of non-stop rhetoric and the assumption that citizens want someone else to rebuild the city for them. Here is an example of the language: (We have evaluated the land and rebuilding will begin soon. Once our workers complete the community we will invite them back to the city.) This example is parallel to phrases I’ve heard firsthand. If one were to examine the language closely, one would realize the lack of camaraderie between the politics and the people. The language simply makes the displaced feel overlooked and unappreciated.

In conclusion, the reason we are not focusing on politics is because our main focus is on empowerment of the people. Plus, the gap between the displaced and the politicians is astronomical. It is my belief that New Orleans will not efficiently rebuild until the powers that be embrace the displaced as part of the rebuilding process. I know I’m ranting, but next time you hear a politician speak about rebuilding New Orleans, listen if he/she includes the 300,000 displaced residents in the plans.

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