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Call it the Federal Flood or the Levee Failure of 2005 — just don’t call it Katrina! How we talk about a disaster so big we can’t agree on its name.
In its depiction of the midcentury commercial landscape, Life embodied our contradictory efforts to reconcile civic ideals and free-market economics.