So the Superdome, unfortunate symbol of a natural disaster that turned into a catastrophe, is reopening tonight. The big feature will be the music of U2.
I may be far too cynical for my age, and perhaps dislike of the current US administration is blinding me, but WTF? Is there anyone in New Orleans who is saying “Thank God the Superdome is OK”? Was the reconstruction of the home arena of a bunch of men who get paid preposterous amounts of money to throw a ball really the most pressing issue in New Orleans?
Some people are claiming that the reconstruction of the Superdome is a symbol of the reconstruction of the city. What reconstruction? The city has seen virtually no real advancements in the year or so since hurricane Katrina. Besides that, can people who are homeless and jobless actually afford to go see the Saints play?
I realize that the lions share (if not all) of the money spent on the Superdome was very likely private investment, but still. I can’t be the only one thinking “Just what in the Christ is going on down there?”
Have I lost it?