I was going to write about the Jazz Project unveiled by Mayor Nagin, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about it so I was thinking it over before I made a statement on it. Then, t johnson requested we write about it through our ‘Suggest a Story’ link and after reading it, I have to say, she makes some pretty good points. I’m not sure if I agree with her entirely, but there’s a passion in her voice that struck me as very sincere. Though it may be a cop-out of a post, I felt compelled to post her ideas verbatim.
It’s important to note that she appears to have found opportunities in Houston, Tx that eluded her here in New Orleans. I don’t mean that to credit or discredit her, but simply to add context as a way of seeing where her frustration and disappointment come from. I really appreciate the suggestion and respect her view. And to those of you who have made suggestions we haven’t gotten to; we are watching and we’ll do our best. Thank you Mrs. Johnson and all the others for the suggestions. Keep ’em comin’!
“People from all over; other state and local governments, as well as people overseas have done in the efforts in the Hurricane Katrina relief. I am however appauled at the recently reelected Mayor Ray Nagin. He and other politicians have received a $715 million in which it has been decided to construct a 20 acre project jazz project to expand tourism. This is a time when New Orleans renters and homeowners are still in limbo about what to do with their homes. As per New Orleans Times Picayune article dated 5/31/06 this project of Mr Nagin was announced. I, wasn’t a home owner while in New Orleans, however, I have been blessed with the opportunity in Houston. However everyone is never as fortunate, and I feel that if Ray Nagin cared as much as he did during the storm on TV then he should realize that this is not the proper time for tourism. It is a time for helping innocent tax payers rebuild their homes. New Orleans has the French Quarters, which attracts millions in revenue for the city. New Orleans have beautiful parks such as City Park, and Audubon Park which, are well over 20 acres of land that he can enhance for his tourism. As far as money to help educate the children… your guess is good as mine. I guess tourism outweighs education as well. Homeowners, renters, and the homeless in New Orleans right now are sleeping in trailers, the streets, hotels, etc., in some cases right in front of the City Hall that Mr Nagin calls his office. How can Mr Nagin at a time where people are in despair can he focus on tourism, at a time when these citizens, less than a month ago voted him back in to office, after listening to him campaign with apologies, remorse, and conviction. Mr Nagin cried during the storm on TV and radio about how he’d never fail his “Chocolate City” as he was ridiculed for his appropriate comment. Now the truth has come out that its all about lining the politicians pocket in the Crescent City. Its about tourism and revenue. Not the love of our fellow man, just as some of his hasty decisions in Katrina. I’m not writing to you as an angry black woman, but as a disappointed child of GOD. What have these people done to deserve this treatment? How can Mr Nagin look at him self in the mirror? Grandma always said “take care of home first!” In church we are taught love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Well, he isn’t taking care of the New Orleanians first and doesn’t care about them as much as he cares about himself. Eventually, one day he will learn a valuable lesson about biting the hands that feed him. These people reelected him after he let them down.”
Agree? Disagree? What do we think of this new project? For my part, I’m still undecided and cautiously optimistic. But I could change my mind at any moment. Would the project, which must have been in planning stages for months, have still gone forward had Mayor Nagin lost the election? I’m not sure that’s a question anyone is willing to answer.