Argument: New Orleans is an economically essential port city
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Mark J. Clayton Associate Professor Department of Architecture Texas A&M University. "The view from the levee". 2005 - Economics: The Port of New Orleans
Permanent evacuation of South Louisiana does not make economic sense. The river is the reason for New Orleans. If you move the city, you must move the river and vice versa. The simple truths of shipping, commerce, and trade require that there must be a port at the mouth of the Mississippi.
The grain of Nebraska, the cattle of Kansas, the produce of Missouri, the steel of Pittsburg and Toledo, all the production of the Midwest comes to New Orleans on great strings of barges, pushed by floating engines called barge boats. At New Orleans, the products are unloaded and placed into the holds of the oceangoing ships. The contents of the ships, bananas from Panama, electronics from Korea, machinery from Germany, are unloaded onto the wharfs and reloaded onto barges or trains for the trip into the interior of America. The barges cannot go out to sea, for their freeboard is too low. The ships cannot go upriver, for they are too unwieldy against the mighty current. To facilitate the commerce, a channel 45 feet deep is maintained as far upriver as Baton Rouge (Microsoft Encarta 2005). Farther north the channel is only nine feet deep, necessitating the use of barges. Without the transfer from river barge to ocean ship and vice versa, the commerce of America would halt, with no market for our goods and no products for us to consume.
The Port of South Louisiana, defined as the stretch of river between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, is the largest port in the United States as measured by raw tonnage, and the fifth largest in the world (Geohive 2005b). For bulk cargo, such as raw materials and agricultural products, the Port of South Louisiana is the largest in the world (Wikipedia 2005b).