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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: Carolyn Kramer
City: New Orleans, La.
Comments: I have lived in St. Francis Cabrini Parish since December 1976, and I attended church services with my mother and father who live with me. Although I felt a close affinity with my fellow parishioners, the church structure itself was never the reason I came there for services. In fact, I came for services and functions in spite of the church building. The church building was costly to maintain, uncomfortable to sit in, and had escalting maintenance costs. The steeple was broke before Katrina, and Katrina put the final stake in its heart. Holy Cross affords our neighborhood an opportunity to be revived at an escalated pace. Not only will Holy Cross bring children back into the neighborhood, but it will also bring in numerous businesses to service the campus. Holy Cross gives our neighborhood a chance for vitality and re-development. St. Francis Cabrini Church offers nothing but faded memories. We had difficulty maintaining it when we had a thriving parish. It would be impossible and impractical to maintain it now. I had my home demolished 2 weeks ago and put out of its misery to make way for a new structure. I would suggest that that you allow the same graceful fate for St. Francis Cabrini Church.