In this week's Commentary, Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit Columnist Clancy DuBos looks back at the year 2011.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

As we start to wind down the holiday season, it's natural to reflect on the past 12 months. It was a year of continued progress for New Orleans and, sadly, some backsliding as well.

New Orleans continues to rebuild better than ever after Hurricane Katrina. Artistically and culturally, our city is enjoying a renaissance. Preservation Hall celebrated its 50th anniversary. We have more great restaurants than ever and local artists and musicians continue to make New Orleans America's most interesting and vibrant city.

Economically, we fared better than most of the country. The Hyatt Regency reopened. Unemployment is lower here than elsewhere. And a host of high-profile sporting events in the coming weeks and months will keep New Orleans in the spotlight.

Speaking of sporting events, the Saints continue their winning ways, the Hornets are poised for a very exciting season and LSU is about to play for another BCS title.

But not all the news was good this year.

Violent crime, especially the murder rate, continues to hurt New Orleans' reputation as a great place to live and visit.

As we celebrate the blessings of 2011, we realize we still have a lot of work to do in 2012.


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