"The mayor says, 'Come back home. Every area should come back.' For what?" said Genevieve Bellow, who rebuilt her home in heavily damaged eastern New Orleans but has been unable to get anything done about the trash and abandoned apartment buildings in her neighborhood and may leave town. "I have no confidence in anything or anybody."
Combined with NOLA's skyrocketing crime rate, the sluggish clean up and rebuild, the slow disbursement of Federal rebuilding funds, it's no wonder people are ready to bail of the Crescent City for better pastures. Also, it's not like NOLA had a great crime rate to begin with. When I was a kid living there in the 80s the crime rate was pretty high already, but I can't begin to imagine NOLA now having a crime rate comparable to D.C. of the 80s. But, this is not a loss La. can afford, considering the Port of New Orleans is the biggest generator of income for the state. Added on to that income was the tourist money that flowed into the city every year. The state of La. needs that city, or else the state's gonna be poorer than it already is.