Also, The New York Times on Sunday noted that with some 10 Billion dollars en route, there was far to little or no long term planning going on.
This story so nicely fit into the 'the locals are a bunch of idiots' genre of reporting, you can expect it will only further reinforce negative perceptions of us, leaving those so inclined comfortable in their pre-conceived beliefs that it is a place full of corrupt big city black politicians and bumbling white good ol'boy types. Thank God we have Bill Jefferson and Walter Maestri as role models to dispel those myths.
Why – after months of misleading articles and missed opportunities – has somebody not put together an effective clearinghouse for media responses about what is going on?
With $10 Billion dollars of funding floating around that -- correctly or not- is going to be second guessed forever, shouldn't efforts to project an image of confidence, competence and coordination be paramount. This isn't just about our selfish vanity, but might help our struggling tourism industry off its knees.
Where are those soon to be unemployed Loyola University 'communications' experts? Where is the YLC? Is Anne Milling the only New Orleanian who would like to see our town portrayed as a place with some degree of class, competence and dignity?
Come on, Rise Up!
6/22 update, of sorts. To put in perspective how far we've come, review this article as a gentle reminder that -- at one point -- there was cynical talk of our total demise.