New Orleans: The Economics of Recovery: Oliver Thomas and Sunni Patterson
Ten years since the flooding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, we continue our coverage, with an extended interview with a former insider turned outsider. Oliver Thomas was city council president at the time of Hurricane Katrina, and was on his way to becoming the city’s next mayor. Within a few years, he was serving time in a federal prison, having pled guilty to taking a bribe related to permits on a parking lot. Now, he’s a radio show commentator and activist, and discusses what went right and what went wrong in the recovery. We get another take from from New Orleans poet Sunni Patterson.