The Year of Living Dangerously

Swartz, Mimi
October 2006
Texas Monthly;Oct2006, Vol. 34 Issue 10, p12
The author reflects on the impact of the hospitality shown by people of Houston, Texas to Hurrican Katrina evacuees from New Orleans, Louisiana, on Houston's communities and crime level. As the closest big city to New Orleans, Houstonians created a whole city within a city for the evacuees virtually overnight, one that included housing, hospitals, missing-persons bureaus, stores, playgrounds, among others, all free of charge. On the downside, at a meeting of Houston's prosperous west-side community on August 30, 2006, the rising crime in the area was discussed. Residents also complained that they were afraid to go to the grocery store at high noon or to walk their children to the neighborhood park, saying Katrina evacuees harassed them and frightened them.


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