Fw: Travel pool report 3

From: Andrew BEATTY [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2015 12:49 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP
Subject: Travel pool report 3

The motorcade made a 20 minute ride east along Interstate 10, past notable clusters of heavy excavation and other construction machinery, the large Lakelawn metairie cemetery featuring the city’s distinctive above ground tombs, a large prison set to open soon and a new medical centre.

There were a few onlookers lining the city portion of the route. One couple held a banner #Gulfsouthrising. A billboard near the Superdome read “Hey Planned Parenthood: I'm worth more than the $um of my parts.”

At 12:47 we arrived at New Orleans’ famed Treme neighborhood, where the president is expected to go on a walking tour.

Some notes from a White House official:

The President is walking through Tremé, one of the oldest black neighborhoods in America, which borders the French Quarter just north of Downtown. The historic neighborhood is home to many notable African Americans including Jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, Troy Andrews "Trombone Shorty," and Homer Plessy, plaintiff in Plessy vs. Ferguson.  In communities like Treme and those across the Gulf, the Administration is pioneering with local communities to: cut-red tape, use data to improve services for citizens, build in a more resilient way and make the government a better partner for communities.

Tremé experienced significant flooding during Hurricane Katrina with many areas lying under several feet of water. Near the President’s route, the Lafitte public housing projects, which contained nearly 900 housing units for low-income individuals, suffered substantial damage and were subsequently demolished with funding authorized by HUD. Following Hurricane Katrina, many Tremé residents fled the city. Overall, an estimated 21% fewer residents currently live in Tremé than before Hurricane Katrina.

The Administration is working to change that and the population of Tremé is growing again. With funding from a HUD Capital grant as well as local and private funding, a new 812 mixed-income housing development called Faubourg Lafitte is being constructed on the former site of the Lafitte projects. While the cost of housing remains a challenge,  HUD is now serving more than double the families that it served before the storm, through the combination of public housing units and housing vouchers families can use in private apartments.

The biomedical corridor – where a new 1.6 million square foot VA hospital is under construction – is located near the President’s route. After Katrina, the VA determined that the New Orleans VA Hospital was no longer suitable to deliver high-quality health care to veterans after sustaining significant flood damage. The new facility is expected to provide care to over 70,000 enrolled veterans and serve as a medical training and research institution – and is anticipated to create 800 temporary construction jobs and over 1,000 permanent medical, administrative and support jobs and serve as a cornerstone of the emerging biosciences industry in New Orleans.

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Andrew Beatty
White House Correspondent
AFP
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@andrewbeatty

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