FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG DISCUSSES THE REBUILDING OF NEW ORLEANS AND NEW YORK IN WEEKLY RADIO ADDRESS
The following is the text of Mayor Bloomberg's weekly radio address as prepared for delivery on 1010 WINS News Radio for Sunday, November 18, 2007
"Good Morning. This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
"On Friday, I attended the National League of Cities Conference in New Orleans. The organizers chose New Orleans to host this year's conference to give local leaders from across the nation an opportunity to see a city that has dealt with an enormous catastrophe and is now coming back stronger and better than ever.
"It's a story that New Yorkers know well. And as I walked the streets of the Crescent City, and met with the people who call it home, I was struck by the same spirit of resilience that I saw in New York in the months following 9/11. One of the most powerful symbols of that resilience is the U.S.S. New York, a Navy warship currently under construction in New Orleans. The ship, which is being built from steel recovered from the World Trade Center, was in a shipyard on the banks of the Mississippi when Hurricane Katrina hit. And despite the devastation that occurred all around it, the ship survived the storm and remained intact.
"It was heartening to see. Equally heartening are the signs of progress throughout the city of New Orleans: homes being rebuilt, new businesses and restaurants going up, and a population that is now increasing at a pace of nearly 5,000 new residents a month. It's not easy to rebuild communities in the wake of a tragedy, but it is possible, and Lower Manhattan is a shining example of that. The neighborhood's comeback as a residential community is one of our city's greatest success stories.
"Over the past six years, Lower Manhattan's population has grown by some 20,000 people - and more than 10,000 units of housing have opened. Not surprisingly, the school-age population in this area is also booming. To meet the growing need for classroom space, last week I stood with State leaders to announce plans to build a new, nine-story public school in Battery Park City. The school will include students from pre-kindergarten through the 8th grade. It will create nearly 40 new classrooms and 950 new seats, and serve as the City's first 'Green School.'
"The resurgence that Lower Manhattan is experiencing right now is just incredible. It's exactly what we hoped for when we outlined our "Vision for Lower Manhattan" in 2002. Over the past five years, we've focused as much on making the area a good place to live as we have on encouraging the growth of business. We've done that by spurring the development of new housing - including affordable housing, by driving crime to new lows, by creating parks and waterfront areas that improve neighborhood quality of life, and by investing in the good public schools that are the backbone of any thriving residential community.
"For New York - and for cities across the nation - these are the ingredients for success. But they can only be realized when government holds itself accountable for results. That was the message I brought to the National League of Cities Conference in New Orleans last week. New York has come a long way over a short period of time, and we're not about to ease up. To ensure our city's future, we're going to keep thinking big, investing strategically and measuring our progress every step of the way.
"This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Thanks for listening."
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958
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