This week on Burning Down the House Curtis and friends speak to Wayne Curtis, journalist and resident of New Orleans (“the Caribbean’s northernmost city, rather than the USA’s southernmost city”), about post-Katrina development and rebuilding the 9th Ward and beyond. Wayne Curtis brings up a number of issues not touched upon in major media coverage of the disaster, including the fact that Rita, not Katrina, caused the death blow, missed opportunities to create permanent housing (cheaper than dangerous FEMA trailers) prevented by Federal Laws, plus the tension between Brad Pitt / FEMA’s rebuilding techniques verses the (admittedly controversial) preferred techniques of the 9th Ward populace. Don’t miss this candid and unique debate about rebuilding New Orleans, a city with a history that “values the acquisition of leisure rather than wealth”. This episode was sponsored by Fairway: like no other market.