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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: Mairlyn Landiak
City: Gentilly
Specific
property
affected:
St. Francis Cabrini Church - 70122
Comments: The most telling thing on your notice was the photograph "Area of potential effect". Note that there are NO PEOPLE in the photograph. My ravaged home is around the corner from Cabrini. NO ONE is in their home on my street, nor are there but a few back in the entire neighborhood surrounding the church. Saving the shell of Cabrini will do nothing to help bring back my neighborhood. Holy Cross, on the other hand, will be a catalyst to regeneration. We welcome the school to the neighborhood, and we especially welcome the community spirit that Holy Cross has shown in the lower 9th ward for so many years.

The Cabrini parish can survive and thrive as part of Holy Cross, or remain in the embrace of St. Leo's. Tear the church down. Better yet - take it apart and reassemble it on the Tulane campus - at their expense. Or perhaps the architects so hell bent on saving it would like to reassemble or rebuild it - on their Uptown property - at their expense. My guess is that they would find it an eyesore in their pristine university neighborhood. We need a more compelling reason to save the building other than the Tulane architecture staff needing it for field trips on examples of concrete architecture.

We're dyin' here in western Gentilly, FEMA folks. What will you accomplish by saving this structure for a few, short-sighted, self-interested academics who have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the fate of our neighborhood. Don't finish us off by ceding to their whims. What will be accomplished by having the abandoned shell of a concrete building in an abandoned neighborhood?

We had a disaster here. Your criteria for protecting this building should take that in mind. Consider Cabrini to be one of the casualties of Katrina, and let us move forward.