3 Responses to Katrina and the San Diego fires

  1. Eli Stephens Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 1:50 pm #

    The comparison really isn’t fair. Qualcomm Stadium is in the middle of a major American city which was untouched by the fires, and completely accessible to millions of people (and associated supplies). In contrast, the Superdome was almost completely isolated and nearly underwater.

    In Louisiana, a major city was hit. In So. Cal, it was suburbs that were hit, while the major city that served them was (is) intact. That obviously makes a HUGE difference.

  2. Eli Stephens Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 7:22 pm #

    Another issue is cars. In suburbs like Poway or Rancho Bernardo, it’s a safe bet there’s not a single person (even the kids over the age of 16) without a car. Very different from inner cities like New Orleans, where even people who can afford cars sometimes don’t have them.

    By the way, I don’t mean my comments to imply I don’t agree with Kanye West. There’s no doubt that “George Bush (and FEMA and the U.S. government) don’t care about black people,” and that massive racism was involved in the response (or lack thereof) to Katrina.

  3. Bob Morris Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 7:30 pm #

    Your points are good ones. San Diego still had an operational infrastructure and transportation system, New Orleans did not.

    Imagine San Diego if somehow the freeways weren’t operational…