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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Section 106 and NEPA Review of the City of New Orleans’ Proposal to Demolish the Sexton Cottages/Maintenance Buildings at Holt Cemetery, Lafayette No. 1 Cemetery, Lafayette No. 2 Cemetery, and Carrollton No. 1 Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA - Seeking Public Comment

See Addendum Update of April 26, 2013"

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Name: Eric Gremillion
City: New Orleans, LA
Specific
property
affected:
Sexton Cottages Maintenance Buildings (Cottages) at Holt Cemetery, Lafayette No. 1 Cemetery, Lafayette No. 2 Cemetery, and Carrollton No. 1 Cemetery in New Orleans.
Comments: Please do not go forward with this action. Our cemeteries are one of the things New Orleans is known for, and the Sexton cottages play a key role in their identity. Many thousands of tourists clamor for a glimpse of these mini-cities, and the cottages stand apart from the tombs to give testament to the living component of our cities of the dead. FEMA already knows that the destruction of the Sexton cottages will disturb "archaeological resources and human burials:" why continue a fruitless enterprise?

If this comes to pass, it is but another example of "demolish first; consider later." Slowly but surely, New Orleans is losing its finely nuanced and prismatic architectural window into the past, which we have been able to enjoy but which our children will not.

FEMA can obviate the numerous potential Adverse Effects regarding the demolition of these cottages by delaying the action until comprehensive further study of the move is undertaken and funding is allocated to restore and preserve them.