Construction in New Orleans is a good thing

The amount of construction projects going on in New Orleans is nothing short of amazing.   Not since the early 80s have we seen so much construction going on in our city.

The cranes truly are in the air, rebuilding our city from Katrina and from decades of neglect.  Public and private projects are everywhere. I can’t imagine another city building so many new projects or rebuilding old ones.

The nearly $2 billion worth of new school construction continues.  State-of-the-art classroom facilities are popping up all over town.

Street and road construction is at an all time high.  Almost anywhere you drive in New Orleans, in almost any neighborhood, new roads are being built and in some cases, for the first time in 60, 70, or even 80 years.

The new Charity and VA hospital complex is the largest hospital construction project in the world and is transforming that part of the city.  Support buildings are going up on Canal Street and on Tulane Avenue creating a hospital district that will rival just about any in America.

The good construction news doesn’t stop there.  The city of New Orleans will break ground soon on a new, nearly billion dollar terminal at Louis Armstrong International, essentially creating an entirely new airport.  The old World Trade Center site will soon be turned into a new riverfront that is much more people friendly.  New streetcar lines will fill city streets and new linear parks will line the neighborhoods.

Take notice, New Orleans.  The cranes are in the air, rebuilding our city.