The city of New Orleans has come a long way since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city nearly eight years ago on August 29, 2005.
There've been great strides made in improving the functioning of city government and improving the city's school system, but there's a lot left to be done.
That's the assessment of City Council Vice-President Stacy Head as we near the 8th anniversary of the storm.
Head tells 99.5FM three major issues still need to be addressed: blight, crime and infrastructure rebuilding.
Although the city has taken steps to reduce the number of blighted properties, Head says the city still has far too much blight.
"There are properties in neighborhoods where people want to buy, want to build, want to rehab houses that are just sitting there languishing because of irresponsible ownership," Head said.
On the issue of crime, Head says she's delighted to see the city's murder rate is going down, but more needs to be done to make the city safer.
"Unfortunately, there's almost no one in the city of New Orleans who doesn't have a friend or a relative that's been the victim of a violent crime in the last few years, and that's a horrible statistic. That is a horrible thing to be able to say."
The city also needs to take control of its infrastructure issues in the areas of water, sewer and streets.