Expressing her desire for the city of Chicago to have a similar rebirth as New Orleans, Chicago Tribune columnist Kristen McQueary said she wishes "for a storm in Chicago."
"I find myself wishing for a storm in Chicago — an unpredictable, haughty, devastating swirl of fury. A dramatic levee break. Geysers bursting through manhole covers. A sleeping city, forced onto the rooftops," she writes.
McQueary also took to Twitter to promote her column.
McQueary's column continues, saying Chicago has serious problems with its government, spending, education and crime.
"That's why I find myself praying for a storm. OK, a figurative storm, something that will prompt a rebirth in Chicago. I can relate, metaphorically, to the residents of New Orleans climbing onto their rooftops and begging for help and waving their arms and lurching toward rescue helicopters," she writes.
New Orleans and the Gulf South will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Katrina on Aug. 28.
At the threshold of the 10th storm season since Katrina, it would be too much to say categorically that New Orleans is “back” from the worst urban catastrophe in modern American history.
After a decade of recovery, the metro area is still smaller by at least 70,000 people.
St. Bernard Parish is still missing a third of its former population; Plaquemines Parish and New Orleans, about 20 percent each.
The city’s physical and economic recovery has been distressingly uneven, as a drive from Lakeview to the desolate Lower 9th Ward will demonstrate.
Despite signs of prosperity, New Orleans remains a low-wage city divided between haves and have-nots. Inequity is apparent and, by some metrics, worse than before the storm.
Yet given the scope of the disaster, the overall rebound has been extraordinary — collectively, if not for every soul; in many big ways, if not in all.
Click here to read The New Orleans Advocate's full coverage of Katrina's 10th anniversary.
Click here to read McQueary's full column.