Thursday, September 22, 2005


Nagin: New Orleans will be smaller for a while

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BATON ROUGE – Mayor Ray Nagin said Wednesday he foresees the New Orleans of the near future as a city of about 250,000 people, about half its population before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in late August.As Nagin addressed questions from elected officials and the public at a meeting in the state Capitol, he defended his policies to allow citizens limited access to re-enter the city in the short term and to rebuild New Orleans in the long term."We are going to lose a significant portion of our population" in the next 12 to 18 months, he said, partly because the city's infrastructure will not be able to handle more. After establishing a population of about a quarter of a million, "then we'll build from there," Nagin said. "Let's start to dream about where we can be post-Katrina," he said.

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