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The complex will offer “myriad services for juvenile delinquents 24 hours daily, including mental health and family services. … The new buildings will include [a] courthouse, a 40-bed detention center for arrested youth awaiting trial, and offices for the Orleans Parish public defenders and district attorney’s juvenile division.”

According to a Times-Picayune report, Landrieu surprised Juvenile Court judges when he revealed that there are only four courtrooms in the complex. Landrieu believes that the number of Juvenile Court judges can be reduced from six to three, which would require action by the state Legislature.

The Fox report quotes Landrieu: “It would cost us six million more dollars to build two other courtrooms that all objective studies say are not necessary. The city can’t keep wasting money, you know, and overspending on things that we can do for less.”


“Today we see cooler heads and more pragmatic leadership with the regulators in Washington,” observed James Noe, general counsel for Hercules Offshore. “Things are now working more smoothly in the Gulf.” 

Charlie Rose: As you know, when the Hurricane hit here it hit the North Ward with huge force. And so many people suffered so much. And questions were raised about race and other issues. Where are you with rebuilding the North Ward?

Mitch Landrieu: The storm did not discriminate. This storm really put the entire city under water… Not every part of the city is back, and this is not a surprise. … The Ninth Ward is still struggling [it] had 15,000 people in it before the storm. They have 2,500 people now.  … It is going to take us time to rebuild the entirety of the city. You’ll have the same exact experience in the Northeast as you try to rebuild the Rockaways. And you’ll see some neighborhoods come back faster than others. And you’ll have frustrations with FEMA getting money to the ground. The essential component though is for people to not to build it back like it was. To really think about what it should have always been. For example, in concrete terms. If a school building got destroyed, instead of putting that building back and painting it like it was build a new 21st century school, build a sustainable school… build a school system that’s going to teach to a knowledge-based economy. And that’s what we’ve done in New Orleans because we realized that the foundations that were in place were taking us someplace that we didn’t want to go.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...