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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: Linda Santi
City: New Orleans
St. Francis Cabrini
Comments: Lest anyone (Tiger Chalmette or others) think I do not know of what I speak, I lived two blocks from Holy Cross on Douglass. I attended those pre-K neighborhood meetings to which Tiger Chalmette alludes and have been in the post-K trailers upon which HC is currently relying. Cleaning your own grounds while attending track meets or baseball games is indeed a neighborly thing to do and I appreciate it; I also consider it to be a baseline, minimal-type manifestation of "talking the talk." Sadly, there was little more community commitment that I ever saw. The young men who ran on the levee to practice for cross country meets was about as much as you saw HC students in the neighborhood. There were attempts to help with neighborhood projects (primarily the PRC's former Christmas in October projects). But I never saw a sustained attempt to encourage teachers to rebuild in the neighborhood with the help of low-interest loans (walking the walk). The school didn't reach out to the neighborhood enough to even find young men to use the scholarship they theoretically offered every year (walking the walk). A scholarship not advertised and consequently not offered is really not a helpful scholarship at all. These and other examples of ways that HC could have been an integral part of its neighborhood would have been an incrediby worthwhile aspect of Holy Cross students' education had they been present. A willingness to find ways to accomodate both prevailing views on the St. Francis Cabrini site would be another.