It's official, the Fix My Streets (FMS) Town Hall meeting was a huge success.
By our count, between 600-700 people showed support by filling seats at St. Dominic in Lakeview.
Although Mayor Mitch Landrieu didn't make it, several key city council members, city, and state representatives took time out of their busy schedules to attend.
Special thanks go out to #NewOrleans' City Council Members, Susan G. Guidry, Stacy Head, Jason Williams: City Council At-Large new, and Jared C. Brossett. Also, thanks to State Senator Jean-Paul Morrell and Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant for attending. While we still woke up this morning to cracked New Orleans' streets, the elected officials in attendance did seem very interested in getting a serious plan of action together.
Obviously, time will tell.
We can't thank Ann LeBlanc, Freddy Yoder, Ralph Schindler, and all members of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association enough for their hosting duties. Without the LCIA, the meeting would not have come close to being as organized and effective as it actually was. Moving forward, the LCIA will play a pivotal role in the Fix My Streets campaign.
The coverage provided by the television, radio, print, and digital media of New Orleans was incredible as well. The FMS campaign would not be what it is today without the local media's commitment to covering this issue. FMS appreciates their efforts.
Last but certainly not least. Thank you, the citizens behind this movement, for showing up in such huge numbers. For coming prepared to ask smart questions, clearing us out over 500 yard signs, and so much more.
Obviously, we are all upset over decades of neglect of our city streets. By harnessing that emotion, and turning it into positive action, we have now officially engaged our elected officials. The first steps have been taken, and you are responsible for that.
#FixMyStreets understands that getting the streets of New Orleans fixed is a monumental task. City leaders have done a fantastic job resurrecting New Orleans post Katrina. This great city is already on a path towards a great future for all us...
By continuing to support and be part of Fix My Streets, we will all ensure that path is a smooth one.
If you are interested in officially becoming part of FMS, have questions, or are interested in getting your hands on a bright red yard sign, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
By the beginning of next week, the FMS volunteers plan to have a detailed account of every question, idea, and action that occurred at our town hall last night. We will also make sure to develop plans for another meeting as soon as possible. FMS wants to capture this momentum and make sure the movement doesn't lose steam.
We appreciate your patience.
Again, on behalf of everyone working with Fix My Streets...