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SilverMaiden
October 7th, 2005, 01:22 PM
"Officials and shipping experts say it is not just New Orleans that needs the Mississippi Delta ports. The national economy, in particular the Midwest industrial and farm regions, are heavily dependent on them, too. Few places rival New Orleans and its sister ports for handling volumes of grain, steel, rubber, plywood, coffee and specialized products like medical equipment.

Cargo is ferried by barge up and down the Mississippi River and its tributaries, as far away as the Alleghenies and the Rockies, as it has been for more than two centuries. "


http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/06/business/06port.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/06/business/06port.html)

"the extraordinary system of rivers that flowed through the Midwest and allowed them to ship their surplus to the rest of the world. All of the rivers flowed into one —the Mississippi—and the Mississippi flowed to the ports in and around one city: New Orleans. It was in New Orleans that the barges from upstream were unloaded and their cargos stored, sold, and reloaded on oceangoing vessels. Until last Sunday, New Orleans was, in many ways, the pivot of the American economy."

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/18292 (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/18292)

PropheticMonkey
October 10th, 2005, 03:15 PM
Mother Nature tore through the soft underbelly of the American corporate giant. Too much industrialization has torn away at what would have protected New Orleans from Katrina. Alot of people have suffered because of it, and the effects of that suffering will scar this nation for a very long time.

Xander67
October 11th, 2005, 04:54 AM
That River has been an ecconomic lifeline for centuries

we will all bounce back, it will just take a while, hopefully this time around they keep the Jobs in the US and stop outsourceing our livelyhood.

Aconite
October 11th, 2005, 02:36 PM
Mother Nature tore through the soft underbelly of the American corporate giant. Too much industrialization has torn away at what would have protected New Orleans from Katrina. Alot of people have suffered because of it, and the effects of that suffering will scar this nation for a very long time.


I coulnd't have said it better if i tried!