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||New Orleans, Louisiana
|5500 Paris Avenue, St. Francis Cabrini Church, New Orleans
||I have read many of the comments posted both for saving the church and for tearing it down to make way for Holy Cross. I see the passion and desires of both sides. No one wants the church they attended, got married in, baptized their children in and may have even had memorial services for loved ones in, to be torn down. The alumni, boys currently attending Holy Cross and the boys hoping to attend Holy Cross in the future would probably have liked to keep their campus the way it was. The decision that needs to be made now is whether we want to only rebuild New Orleans to the way it was right before the storm or do we want to take this opportunity to improve the City of New Orleans. If we want to survive the future, have our children come back to the City to live after college, attract businesses, get people out of poverty, rid the city of crime and raise the quality of life, then the clear answer is that we need to rebuild this city better than it was prior to Katrina.
Is leaving a church that had chronic roof and air conditioning problems as well as a declining congregation the answer or is the answer allowing a school to come in and build a state of the art learning facility the answer?
I know which one I think is the correct answer, but the burden is on FEMA to leave emotions aside and decide what in the long run is best for this City.