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The New New Orleans, Part One:
Catherine S. Boveland 

New Orleans East resident, educator

  We only have Winn-Dixie on Chef Highway, or you travel to Chalmette to the Walmart there where you'll see a lot of people from the East. For Christmas shopping I had to travel all the way out to Metairie to shop, where I used to just run out to the Plaza and pick up something.

  My mom is in the hospital and she's all the way at Touro. ... Something like a hospital, that should have been one of the first things they worked on. ... I think more people would have come back to the East if they knew they'd have a hospital nearby and a supermarket with reasonable prices, a nice restaurant. We still don't have any nice restaurants. People in the East have to eat, too.

  You go out to these places all over the city and in Metairie, and who do you see but your neighbors. So we're bringing all our money out of the city.

  I remember being the only one in the block after the storm and saying, "God, all I need is for grass and trees to be green instead of brown, to have some lights and to have a few neighbors." And I got that, so I guess I shouldn't complain.

  With the Walmart coming, and the hospital coming and there being schools out here — though they're all a bunch of new schools with new names in new buildings — things should get better. — AS TOLD TO MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY


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