"The city's optimism and energy are unmistakable," Wall Street Journal reports
The Wall Street Journal has touted progress made in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina in an article headlined, "The Real Super Bowl Winner."
While the newspaper noted that the city still faces challenges in reducing its murder rate and building on the improvements made in the public school system, it says Hurricane Katrina led to "the opening for new policies to turn around what was one of the worst-run and most politically calicified places in America."
The Journal went on to suggest that other troubled cities and the federal government should "take note."
The newspaper says the business community has become "re-engaged," and "political change has followed."
It also notes that New Orleans has become an attractive place for business start-ups and young college graduates, that "energy and hospitality are doing well," and that the city's jobless rate of 4.7% is lower than that of Washington, D.C.
The newspaper concluded its article with the words, "Americans are in a self-doubting mood these days, and not without cause. But the revival of New Orleans shows what self-government can accomplish when enough citizens choose to break up the corrupt status quo."
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