|Quoting LO231 (Reply 1):|
MSY, could you enlighten me about the situation there now? It's been a while since the disaster, the news are quiet now, I would like to know more
LO231, much work has been done and much work still needs to be done. It seems that every week the city improves a little bit more. If you were to go there for a visit, you wouldn't really notice anything different than before. The vast majority of all restaurants, clubs, attractions are open. Most of the major hotels are open. The cruise ship industry, while not as big as it was, has returned, with business increasing. The famous Streetcars have now returned to St. Charles Avenue, which I'm very happy about. Tourism is on the rise, as is the convention business, which was very important to the city before Katrina.
Overall, the city has made great strides since August '05. Most of the work that needs to be done are in areas like the 9th Ward...residential areas which suffered the greatest amount of damage. Some of the areas are coming back faster than others, which is understandable. The city itself will probably not return to its pre Katrina population level, but the metro area itself is seeing good growth.