I think I need to save up some traveling money. This morning on NPR they were talking about San Francisco, and the preparations they are making for a big quake (Preparing? For the worst case scenario? How novel!). And after what happened in NOLA, I am realizing that with Commander Cuckoo Bananas in charge, we've already seen two cities completely changed, never the same. New York emerged from Sept. 11 a "friendlier" city, which seems to have facilitated its transformation into a sort of theme park rather than a truly authentic metropolis. New Orleans will lose much of its port city grittiness with the new reconstruction of its poorer and older areas. People will soon talk about the "old" New Orleans like they talk now about pre-9/11 New York. It will never be the same.
So yeah, I'm thinking I need to head to San Fran before something bad happens. And Boston, too. Because you never know when something is going to change a city forever.