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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: Michael Stawski
City: New Orleans, LA
Comments: Katrina, as we all know, hit August 29th, 2005. We are now approaching (within 6 months) the 2 year anniversary and no progress has been made thus far to help revitalize this institution. The education of young men (my own included) is being compromised at the sake of government bureaucracy. Next year I will be a senior attending this institution; a senior that has attended Holy Cross since 8th grade with 1 1/2 of those years in trailers. I'm sure that I can speak for the whole student body including the faculty when I say that we are tired of attending class in our "trailer city". We as a family deal with this inconvenience on a daily basis because we enjoy the education and atmosphere that this institution provides. We as students do not get to have the same education or opportunities as we previously did due to no fault of our own. We no longer have access to a swimming pool, gym, "normal" classrooms, science labs, a library, or even an 'average' cafeteria. We need to be allowed to move on, enough is enough. Rebuilding in the lower 9th is not a feasible option; otherwise we would have already made repairs and moved on. The lower 9th area will not be back for quite some time but the Gentilly area is thriving. Holy Cross (as the community agrees) would be a great addition to the Gentilly neighborhood. The church has only been a nuisance at best to the congregation of Cabrini parish. I have heard many stories telling of the Church's flaws due to its poor construction. Attendance at the church had been slowly declining and the Archdiocese even had to come out of pocket to keep the Church alive pre-Katrina. If this building is not torn down so that progress can be made then I feel whoever is responsible has committed a great tragedy. Not just to current/future students of Holy Cross, but to the city of New Orleans as a whole. Katrina took away our home but it's time to let us create a new home. This building should have been torn down months ago. Everyone needs to stop talking and action needs to have been taken yesterday.