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Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Section 106 Review of State of Louisiana, LA Department of Education/Recovery School District (RSD) Proposal to Demolish the Thomy Lafon Elementary School, 2601 Seventh Street, New Orleans, LA - Seeking Public Comment"
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Name: Name redacted at the request of the author
City: New Orleans, LA
Comments: I strongly disagree with the RSD's proposal to demolish the Thomy Lafon School. The school building had an inspired and environmentally-friendly design from Day 1, but chronic neglect has turned the building into an eyesore. Do not mistake the community's outrage at this neglect for a genuine desire to see the building destroyed forever. If New Orleans plans to rebuild in a manner that restores economic vitality to the city, then scarce funding should not be wasted tearing down buildings that can be adapted to new uses at a lower cost than demolition and replacement.