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  1. no US city has ever suffered a cataclysm to equal what happened to New Orleans.

    What about the burning of Atlanta? Just thinking . . .

    Comment by Scott Gosnell — Monday, December 12, 2005 @ 3:13 pm

  2. My guess is that the percentage displacement of citizens was far greater in New Orleans.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Monday, December 12, 2005 @ 3:17 pm

  3. Yeah, maybe. In Atlanta, the displaced citizens were, well, dead.

    Comment by Scott Gosnell — Monday, December 12, 2005 @ 4:07 pm

  4. I doubt Atlanta had 460,000 people in the 1800’s. I also doubt that any city in American ever had 400,000 not back yet. However I agree that the elections should go on no matter what because it is possible for people not living or returning to choose the elected officials of New Orleans for those of us back home. I think the order is for officials self preservation not for the voters.

    Comment by JK Schwehm — Monday, December 12, 2005 @ 5:10 pm

  5. O.k., my original comment was pretty much tongue-in-cheek (gallows humor). The population in Atlanta in 1860 was approximately 9554, so in terms of sheer numbers there’s no comparison. However, in terms of destruction, percentage of the population killed and/or displaced, etc., it would be an interesting comparison.

    Nevertheless, I don’t remember ever reading that mayoral elections in Atlanta were indefinitedly suspended.

    Comment by Scott Gosnell — Tuesday, December 13, 2005 @ 7:40 am

  6. Come to think of it what more hostile place to conduct elections than in Iraq? If there can be elections in Iraq why not elections in New Orleans?

    Comment by JK Schwehm — Wednesday, December 14, 2005 @ 9:16 am

  7. Good point.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, December 14, 2005 @ 9:18 am

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