There has been a lot of talk about the footprint of New Orleans shrinking. I don’t see how that can happen.
New Orleans’ footprint is already laid out. If the city decides not to rebuild New Orleans East and the Lower Ninth Ward, these areas will still be there. They will just be abandoned. They won’t become green space on their own. And they won’t become marshland. You don’t create an ecosystem like the marshes by designating them.
The land will be there, so people should live there. I don’t understand why it’s taking so long to figure that out.