Political pundit and professor James Carville has posted an editorial on CNN.com titled, "New Orleans is Storming Back."
Carville lists what he sees as signs of recovery including Mitch Landrieu winning the recent mayoral election. Of the mayor elect, Carville wrote, "In Landrieu, businesses, congressional leaders, nonprofit organizations and average citizens will finally have a leader and partner in a united city government that promises to restore confidence and get dollars flowing to projects that need them." Carville's wife, Republican strategist Mary Matalin, was active in Landrieu's fund-raising during his run for office and Carville backed the candidate.
The CNN contributor lists what he sees as other signs of recovery including:
- The New Orleans Saints Winning the Super Bowl;
- An LSU medical corridor planned for 67 acres in Mid City, and $475 million arbitration award to replace Charity Hospital;
- A federal judge awarding damages for property lost due to the Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (Mr. Go);
- Planned levee upgrades to a 100 year storm quality;
- Return of hardworking residents and entrepreneurial transplants;
- Lower unemployment;
- Improved school systems;
- More restaurants open than before the storm; and
- Upcoming events including Super Bowl 2013 (Carville and Matalin will co-chair the host committee) among other national playoffs, the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans in 2015 and the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans in 2018.
Carville also listed changes still needed in New Orleans including reducing violent crime, repairing blight, rebuilding communities, restoring wetlands and citizen-driven reform of local government "once marked by corruption, nepotism, incompetence and the like."