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New Orleans’ SuperFail

Andy Kopsabyline‚ Jan. 22‚ 2013

Downtown is being spruced up for the Super Bowl, but in neglected neighborhoods, roads remain unpaved.

The Super Bowl is coming to New Orleans, the first to be held in the Crescent City since it was ripped apart by Hurricane Katrina. Come February 3, 2013, the Superdome—now the Mercedes-Benz Superdome—will be a site of the ultimate football frenzy, instead of the reeking, impromptu shelter the country forgot.

It’s been seven years since Katrina, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (who took the helm after former Mayor Ray Nagin moved to Texas in a cloud of shame) is selling the Super Bowl as the city’s comeback. Landrieu has announced a brand-new streetcar line through the Central Business District to help shuttle Super Bowl-goers. The line connects four Super Bowl hot spots: the game, the parking lot designated for tailgating, the French Quarter and of course, Bourbon Street. The tailgating lot is adjacent to a Greyhound station, meaning that the streetcar line will go some way toward shoring up the city’s decimated infrastructure after the Super Bowl has come and gone. But locals are pretty sure that juxtaposition is just a happy accident.