Should New Orleans be rebuilt?

We've broached this topic on the editorial page but haven't received much comment yet.

Should New Orleans be rebuilt, at least on the size and scale that it existed a month ago? We ran a compelling Voices column yesterday by former Champaign resident Annie Hightshoe (now a high school teacher in the Crescent City), who argued that New Orleans should be rebuilt essentially as it existed.

On an emotional level, it's a great thought. But personally I don't think it should. Preserve the French Quarter, the Garden District and whatever else can be saved but then let nature take its course. Build a new New Orleans someplace else where we don't need walls and levees and pumps and locks and dams to try to control the rivers, marshes, swamps, oceans, bays, lakes, etc.

But what do I know?

Anyway, if you have a thought or two, you can add it here or, better yet, on our editorial page. In fact, if you want to type it in here and also might like to see it on the edit page, make a notation here and we'll start a collection for publication. If you would like to see it in the paper, I'll need your name, address and phone number (the last two items for verification purposes only). Thanks.

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