What a startlingly ignorant opinion of the city of N.O. to think that after Katrina, it's even possible to tarnish it's image...
Shootings Tarnish Image of New Orleans
By MARY FOSTER Associated Press Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The number of deadly shootings here has prompted city leaders and those in the tourism industry - a mainstay of New Orleans' economy - to worry about the city's image and economic recovery.
There have been 78 homicides here this year, down from the 134 in the first six months of last year when Hurricane Katrina forced thousands of residents to move out. But the number is growing steadily. There were 17 in the first three months of the year and 21 in July alone.
I hate to be the one to break it to the city leaders, but the image of New Orleans has always been one of corruption, violence, and crime. I mean does a high murder rate in New Orleans really surprise anybody? We saw what kind of residents N.O. had immediately following Katrina. We also saw that many of the N.O. cops are unreliable at best, and on-the-take at worst. Is killing each other at a high rate really that much of a departure from what you would expect from this group? The astonishing thing is that at this current homocide rate, at some point you have to expect there not to be any more people who need killing. But they just keep raising new ones.