Wednesday, July 5, 2006

No Excuse for No Plan

City now has plan to come up with a plan on rebuilding

12:33 PM CDT on Wednesday, July 5, 2006

The city now has a plan to come up with a plan on how to rebuild many of the neighborhoods in New Orleans.

Having come under some criticism about delays in coming up with a solid gameplan to rebuild many of the devastated neighborhoods, the city council and Mayor Ray Nagin showed a unified front Wednesday as they presented their ideas.

Each of the cityÂ’s 73 neighborhoods will come up with a plan on rebuilding their own areas at the same time that the city comes up with an idea on repairing New OrleansÂ’ infrastructure.

The hope is that the two plans will be merged and that a consolidated front can be ready by the end of the year.

Let me get this straight. You want people to find a way down here by August 29th to clean and gut their houses or risk losing them. However, you guys don't have a plan for rebuilding our neighborhoods and can't guarantee that you will have one by the end of year? There is no excuse why there isn't a plan in place already. It's been almost a year and even the parts of the city that weren't that damaged still look horrible. It seems almost impossible that in an American city taxpayers would have to sit and watch while time flies and nothing is done to improve their quality of life. It's also sad that in a country built on choices, the only sure option I have when it comes to my hometown is to move and never come back. So much for the spirit of community. It's things like this that make me feel stupid for being here sometimes. Maybe I missed something in the history books but what did people from New Orleans ever do to the rest of the country to get treated like we have after the storm. There isn't another place in this country where this kind of thing would be allowed to happen. We are Americas dirty little secret, suppressed in the media these days so the rest of the world doesn't realize how much money and class drives the willingness of the government to what's right. Money and class means so much in this country that not even Jesse Jackson has been back since he ruined the mayor's race and we all know how he loves a photo oppurtunity. The local politicans that were voted in by the people to help them can't even come up with a plan after all this time. Somebody from New Orleans needs to discover some oil in the middle of the 7th Ward then maybe we can see some progress. The only people who seem to be having a good time here is the thugs. I guess they are not that concerned with the future anyway. I'm tired of complaining about things. I would love to stop complaining and be positive but I read things like this and I get frustrated. If there isn't a definitive plan in place by the end of the year, I think the citizens of the city should demand the resignation of every public official involved in the process. We can never get back some of the things we had before the storm. We at least deserve a plan for the future so we can know what to do with the rest of our lives. The city is in desperate need of competent leadership.

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