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Discussion in '2005 Archive' started by LadyEagle, Sep 4, 2005.
From all repsrts I heard buses went all through NOLA Saturday and Sunday offering free rides out of the city.
There were live news feeds from NO the day before with people happily gambling & drinking & partying. One broadcast on Fox News had the anchor cussed out for asking "what are you still doing here?" Clearly there were lots of people who didn't have a chance to leave, but there were A LOT of people who choose to stay. They're probably the ones screaming the loudest now.
I saw an article mentioning a tourist couple who were sitting on a curb in the French Quarter, intending to ride the storm out, The woman was wearing "a lewd t-shirt" and quipped "I just don't wanna die in this shirt!"
(Disclaimer: I tell this from memory; errors inevitable.)
Something is fishy about that news report ...
2001 Average Pay 36k
Present Median Pay (from memory) 48k
2003 poverty level 9k [single] (12 k if married)
2003 poverty level (family of 7) 26k
Average Pay web page
Poverty web page
Whatever. I know plenty of people who do not make the "average" pay of 36K and they do not live in New Orleans. I know elderly people who subsist on $500.00 a month which barely pays for their medications and they would not be able to live unless they had relatives supplying food, shelter, and transportation for them.
Also, you must take into account that "average" is just that - average. If, on a state by state basis, I've no doubt the average income for Texas would far exceed that of Mississippi.
Were they offering rides out of the city or rides to the Superdome? I saw them before the storm hit going to all the parts of town and bussing people to the Superdome, which is why all the busses were outside the Superdome after the flooding under water.
Those that were driving out of the city were taking four hours to go 30 miles!
I has content no knowing that I made less than the present median pay, now you have to go and tell me I'm below average!
I remember when one of the storms hit Florida last year, we didn't have the money for gas even if we wanted to evacuate, we just had to do our best to hunker down. We didn't get any major damage, just had to throw out some food from the fridge from the power outage.
While there were some people that chose to stay in NOLA, I am sure there were many more who couldn't leave but instead went to the Superdome and the Convention Center like they were told to by the local authorities.
You can find the census bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates at the following link. They are based on the 2002 census and they break down the poverty level by county, (or parrish in LA). Based on this data the report would be correct in assuming that the areas hit had high levels of people below the poverty line.