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Nov 10th 2010 9:26AM The legal battle over the park between Six Flags, the city, and other interested parties is far too complex to get into in a "comments" section on a website. Do your research on what's happened with the park since the storm and you will understand. The truth is, this WAS a failing park, but the city has tried to hold Six Flags to its contract. Other companies have tried to buy the land and restore the park, even build hotels and expand, but have hit walls for one reason or another. The park is in an odd location (not in the 9th ward), and it's not generally where tourists would go.
What bothers me the most is how this video has somehow inspired people to open fire on New Orleans as a city that needs to be destroyed. As one of the most historic cities in America, New Orleans deserves just as much protection and preservation as any other. Art, music, architecture... New Orleans is distinctly unique and should be cherished.
Whatever you may feel about welfare abuse, it's not a problem that exists solely in New Orleans. On television, you saw a lot of very poor people who did not have the means to get out of the city; this was successfully fixed for hurricane Gustav by the way. These are people who have ridden out many storms in their lives, like most of us have, and were caught completely unaware by the floods--a man-made disaster resulting from neglect of the levee systems. And of course, everyone who keeps attacking the city seems to be hiding their racism behind social reform. Bravo--you're completely transparent.
To those of you who say, "New Orleans is so cute. I would live there if it weren't so dangerous." Well, wether you mean weather (which, by the way, hurricanes don't just pop up) or crime (all I can say is that perhaps "white flight" will make you feel safer), you're probably not ready to live in New Orleans. It is a city, and like any other city, citizens must take precautions.
I love the guy who complains that he visited New Orleans and was offered coke in the French Quarter. (The same thing happened to me in D.C. by the way, and it didn't make me appreciate the place any less). If you've come to New Orleans only to see Bourbon Street, then you deserve the vomit smells and high prices that are reserved just for you. Next time, try visiting the CITY.
New Orleans is a part of American, a part of our history. How easy it is for some Americans to throw history away. It's quite sad to know that what other countries say about us is somewhat true.
Nov 10th 2010 8:59AM Maybe next time you'll actually visit the city, not just the French Quarter--a place we reserve for moron tourists like you so we can get your money.