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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
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: Jim Albert
City: New Orleans, LA
Specific
property
affected:
Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Ave. New Orleans, LA
Comments: Not being Catholic and having grown up in the Northeast under a responsible government that provided legitimate public education, I see this issue as one that should be questioning local government and not architecture. Why is it left to the Catholic church to revitalize the area and provide a decent education to the children of this city? Why should the preservation of architectural and engineering achievements of the last century fall fall victim to the desperate attempts to finance reconstruction and provide what in any other city would come from the public sector? Not being Catholic, I have no problem questioning the churches financial and political dealings in this matter. I see them as corrupt and in my opinion the church wants it both ways; it wants to take federal money and then not be told how to spend it. Cabrini Church IS an architectural landmark whether one likes it or not. But the buildings historical significance is not the problem citizens of the area should be arguing about. What you should be questioning is why you have to defer the reconstruction of your city to the Catholic Church and why you are so willing to destroy history in the process. Cabrini Church should not be destroyed as a victim of desperate measures. If you want to "tear down the past and get on with the future" then tear down your tolerance for irresponsible governance and NOT Cabrini Church. If Cabrini comes down, then clearly nothing has changed.