DuBos: Construction and traffic pain worth it in the end

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Posted on January 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 7:41 PM

The countdown to Super Bowl XLVII continues among the NFL teams, and here in New Orleans that has brought a massive street repair effort. And that means massive traffic jams. That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

When I was a kid, my mom prided herself on keeping a clean house — which wasn’t easy in family with nine kids. When my parents were expecting company, the house cleaning got really intense. That meant extra chores for my siblings and me. I always hated that, but I also shared my mom’s pride when the house looked really nice.

I mention this because New Orleans is in the throes of a massive house cleaning right now. If you’ve driven downtown lately, you know what I mean. It’s impossible to go anywhere downtown without getting stuck in a traffic jam because of street work.

I hate that. But I don’t hate why it’s happening. New Orleans is about to have lots company. Important company. Not just the teams and fans who are coming for the Super Bowl, but also the world’s media, who will turn Super Bowl into a postcard from New Orleans.

It’s important that our city look its best for that kind of company. And while it’s a real pain getting things fixed up, I think we’re all going to like how our house looks after the company has left.

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