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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Historic Review of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana with linked PDF attachments "
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Name: Thomas Long
City: New Orleans, LA
Specific
property
affected:
Cabrini Church
Comments: It is inconceivable how one building of questionable historic relevance can be used to block the rebuilding of an entire school with much more history and the recovery of an entire neighborhood. This is Big Brother government at its worst. This issue did not exist until after the agreement was made for Holy Cross, which itself is unquestionably more historic than Cabrini Church, to move to the site. The preservation of Cabrini for historic puprposes was raised by one individual who does not live in the area, whose home was not destroyed by flooding and who does nothing to assist in the recovery of New Orleans but erect roadblocks. Cabrini parishioners long ago realized that their church, however architecturally significant it may be, was plagued with structural problems and too expensive to maintain. This is what should be preserved--architecture that has proved impractical in less than a half-century? No one likes to see old buildings demolished, but sometimes the greater good and common sense must prevail. If the preservation of one church building blocks the move of a historic school and the recovery of the surrounding neighborhood, then clearly we have lost government by and for the people to government by and for the regulators and bureaucrats.