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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: Mauricio Le Sage
City: New Orleans, La
Comments: There are some things that are staggering for this day and age. I, as a student of Holy Cross, and as a person with hopes for the future, am having an amazingly hard time understanding how this church, regardless of how old or attractive, has enough merit to become and obstacle to a school's progress. Holy Cross is a catholic school, there is no argument that could be made to undermine how much the administration, and the school's core principals, respect a holy place, or even a place where a community considers itself to be centered around. This has a flaw though. The Lakevista community does not, and never did consider the St. Francis Cabrini church to be a center for the area. Before the storm I lived two blocks from the new site of Holy Cross, on Chatham and Crescent. I had been there for seven years, pre-Katrina. I learned to ride a bike on those blocks, rode a skateboard under St. Francis Cabrini's catwalks, came home from Holy Cross cross country races on saturday mornings to that neighborhood for a cool down run, and had more than a small part of my life invested in the community. From the perspective of a native to the area, and from the perspective of a student with high hopes of seeing a functioning campus; a school has so much more to offer than a church, but hey....that's just me.