If you’ve ever wondered why New Orleans lags behind other cities, there are a lot of reasons, especially pre-Katrina: a poor economic climate, a poor education system, high crime, and inept government all contributed to the mess we were in and are now slowly climbing out of.
But one problem pre-Katrina that still exists today is a small group of New Orleanians that are convinced they are what’s great about the city. If not for them, and their way of thinking, New Orleans would be dead. Problem is, they are actually much more of a problem than a help.
The latest and greatest from this group of delusional citizens is an absurd height restriction on any new construction on the Mississippi river in the Bywater and Faubourg Marigny neighborhoods.
The city has proposed opening up the old, neglected, light industrial river front to 7 or 8 story condo buildings. Considering the metro area has a population of over 1.2 million and less than 1000 folks actually live on the river, this sounds like a long overdue idea.
But the squeaky wheels in the neighborhood don’t like it. Neighborhoods don’t fully control their area just because they live there. Their neighborhood is New Orleans’s neighborhood. The needs of the few don’t outweigh the needs of the many. Selfish, self-serving folks, many of whom are renters and not even home owners, want things to remain the same. This group stopped a major development on the seedy corner of Elysian Fields and Decatur and are now trying to halt, potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in riverfront development because they like their neighborhood just the way it is.
Don’t worry that it’s very dangerous at night and crime is still rampant. And don’t worry about the test of us living here and what’s best for the city as a whole, just worry about yourself.