I'm sure that businesses in New Orleans need ways to make money to ensure their survival in the marketplace. Landlords certainly do. CNN ran a story last night about the increased rents in the city. One woman called it price gouging. I call it the market demand. FEMA workers can afford to pay higher prices, and landlords with properties have to make enough money to get repairs going on their other properties. When the FEMA workers leave and more properties become available, the prices will come down a bit. That's what I think.
In honor of the disaster bus tour, I submit this poem from Walt Whitman.
I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing
I saw in Louisiana a live-oak growing,All alone stood it, and the moss hung down from the
branches;Without any companion it grew there, uttering joyous leaves of
dark green,And its look, rude, unbending, lusty, made me think of
myself;But I wonder'd how it could utter joyous leaves, standing alone
there, without its friend, its lover near-for I knew I could not;And I broke off a twig with a certain number of leaves upon it,
and twined around it a little moss,And brought it away-and I have placed it in sight in my
room;It is not needed to remind me as of my own dear friends,(For I believe lately I think of little else than of
them:)Yet it remains to me a curious token-it makes me think of manly
love;For all that, and though the live-oak glistens there in
Louisiana, solitary, in wide flat space,Uttering joyous leaves all its life, without a friend, a lover,
near,I know very well I could not.