Scoot: New waterfront property in New Orleans!

August 27, 2019 - 6:06 pm

It could be a boom for the real estate market in New Orleans. New waterfront property has become available in downtown New Orleans. Imagine being in the historic city of New Orleans and also living on the water. It is now possible!

In the past two years, New Orleans has changed. I’m not an civil engineer or a city planner, but I know enough to understand that something dramatic has changed and our city is now prone to flooding when there is a hard rain.

A torrential downpour over New Orleans left downtown streets flooded and businesses, including some hotels and office buildings, and cars taking on water. This is no longer an isolated occurrence – it has become the new norm in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Sewage & Water Board has been exposed as a incompetent branch of city government with some positions filled as political payback and not finding the best person for the job.

City government in New Orleans has been a political albatross for decades and the citizens and businesses of the city are paying the price. This is an amazing city – but there is a prevailing tolerance for mediocrity than continues to hold New Orleans back.

Littering is not a tendency – it is a culturally-sanctioned reality. Litter contributes to a clogged drainage system. The “let the good times roll” mentality invites a work ethic of only doing what has to be done rather than striving for excellence.

From the top down – the city and the S&WB have not held those in charge and employees accountable and the sense that civil service workers are protected from being fired contributes to the lack of a commitment to excellence.

All of this can – and should – change. We can be better.

Politicians are elected and re-elected even though they have not solved problems or even giving a strong impression that they have the answers to solve problems. The focus on the popular campaign issues supersedes the ugly reality of what exists below the surface of public view.

It has been politically acceptable to address real problems with talk and with setting up committees and task forces – but what appears to be action proves to be nothing more than a show of effort.

It is not the job of the citizens to be aware of the problem that are out of public view – like our sewage and drainage system. That is the job of the politicians and the city leaders. But those are the problems that are the hardest to solve, and it is in their best interest to publicly address the issues the public can see and not waste time or resources on the problems that remain hidden.

The tremendous growth in downtown New Orleans appears to have been more about the instant dollar than about preserving the green space necessary for natural drainage during heavy rain. Heavy rain has always been part of New Orleans, but what has changed is the sudden new tendency for flooding when it rains.

The problems with the sewage and drainage system in downtown New Orleans exists below the surface and the problems have grown to the point where New Orleans has a serious flooding problem that threatens businesses and tourism.

Let’s start respecting the politicians that are courageous enough to take on even the problems we can’t see. If we don’t - and if they don’t - address these problems – the future of New Orleans will be threatened over time.

Let’s hope it’s not too late.

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