August 28, 2006 Katrina won't really change the way we do things down here, says electrical engineer Dr. Jeffrey K. Bound. Years from now the Good Ole Boys will still run things the same way they always have, allowing federal guidelines for rebuilding to be sidestepped and blaming hurricane victims for their own misfortune.
August 25, 2006 Ellis Anderson, an artist and community activist from Bay St. Louis, Miss., thinks rising tides will turn her town into an artistic island -- with a statue of Old Mayor Favre wearing shorts. After Katrina, he did say he wouldn't don long pants until the city was back on its feet.
August 25, 2006 Mark Davis, executive director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, has the strangest dream: New Orleans becomes one of America's most affordable and energy-efficient cities. He cannot help but cry, "God bless the Army Corps of Engineers!"
August 25, 2006 The city will fall on hard times, predicts scriptwriter and essayist Sylvana Joseph. But the expats of New Orleans will bring gumbo and good times to Manhattan, San Francisco and a slew of towns in between.
August 25, 2006 Jason Berry, an author and journalist who covers Southern politics and culture, sees a city that clings to its roots yet looks to the future. His crystal ball conjures up solemn, old-school funeral music, angry young rappers who blast politicians and literature with a strong spiritual bent.
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