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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comment on "Public Notice NHPA/NEPA1
Seeking Public Comment for FEMA Funded Construction
of the Mazant-Royal Housing Development,
4100 Royal Street, New Orleans
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Name: Name redacted at the request of the author
City: New Orleans
Mazant/Royal Mixed-Income Complex
Comments: The 9th Ward needs affordable housing. Since 2000, the average income of the once *redlined* neighborhood, has almost doubled from $38,240 to $62,418. The now-wealthy neighborhood that is benefitting from the blight that was created by Katrina needs to open its doors to the community that has been displaced. In these comments, I see a lot about historic *buildings* but not much about the historic community. The neighborhood (ripe with job opportunities, reliable transit options, and commerce) has gone from 68% black to 72% white since 2000, on top of still being short roughly 1,500 people who were displaced by Katrina. The responsibility to right this wrong falls at FEMA's feet. As a resident of the 9th ward, I ask you to support this development, which has been approved by the New Orleans City Planning Commission and City Council. New Orleans wants this development and New Orleans needs this development. Please don't let the concerns of a few wealthy homeowners stop you from making the city affordable for us all.