Two years after the devastating floods that followed Hurricane Katrina, the rebuilding of New Orleans, and much of the Gulf Coast, has largely taken two paths: communities that have rebuilt themselves using private funds, insurance money and sheer will — and publicly funded efforts that have moved much more slowly.

Federal, state and local governments have struggled to speed up the release of funds and restore infrastructure. None of the 115 “critical priority projects” identified by city officials has been completed.

Translation: depend on yourself, you’ll be fine, depend on government, you’re $%&*ed.

A really good USA Today article actually, highlighting what number of folks have accomplished on their own in recovering from Katrina.