Skip to comments.Nagin: N.O. will be larger in five years
Posted on 10/27/2005 3:50:30 PM PDT by caryatid
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin believes that the city will be larger and much safer in as little as five years.
Nagin made the proclamation in front of the City Council Thursday as he projected his budget for the upcoming year.
While anticipating a much smaller city initially, Nagin believes the opportunity to rebuild New Orleans will result in eventual growth.
Katrina was a moment in time, it has lingering effects but we have the opportunity to rebuild New Orleans, he said. (Its) something that no one else has had the opportunity to do."
However, Nagin realizes hard times will precede good times and he said next years budget will be approximately $155 million less than this years. He attributes the shortfalls to anticipated trouble collecting property taxes and a large decline in tourism, probably to 20 percent of its pre-Katrina level for next year.
And he anticipates that the cash they currently have can last them only through March, though he is optimistic that loans and federal grants will bridge the gap.
Nagin did add that the eventual growth of the city hangs on one crucial element better levee protection.
"The rebuilding mission is dependent on many critical issues, he said. Levees top the list.
Nagin said the levee system must eventually be strengthened to withstand category-5 storms, otherwise efforts to rebuild may be jeopardized.
Council members suggested that the city also become more diversified since tourism is expected to be only a fraction of what it once was for some time to come.
And deeper too.
I'm sure for every dollar of federal money spent to rebuild the city, some of it will actually be used for that purpose (2 or 3 cents, anyway).
Three cheers for the bus driver, bus driver , bus driver
three cheers for the bus driver, nagins da man
he smokes and he cusses
he sinks all da busses
three cheers for the bus driver, nagin's da man.
Just in time for the next category 5 storm.
Nagin going to start ferry service to Mexico???
Sure. Larger than it is now.
Size does not matter. (so they say)
He must have just snorted something.
I predict Mary Landrieu will be larger in five years.
When you multiply -0- by any other number ... what do you get?
After he`s booted from office as the buffoon he is.
Like he's going to be around to see it.
I do believe NO will be at least somewhatlarger that it is right now.
* ping *
If the rebuilders hang around, New Orleans will be east LA in five years.
In 5 years - Nagin Who????
It's already spread out all over the U.S. like Kudzu.
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