Week in Review, March 21-25: Businesses Rally to Help After Tornado
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Entrepreneur Week returned as an in-person event after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic. Thousands gathered at Gallier Hall and other locations to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and muse about which regional startup might make the next “big exit.” Adding to the sense that things were getting back to normal, the city lifted its requirement that bars, restaurants and other businesses require patrons to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.
Unfortunately, the news wasn’t all good. On Wednesday, the day after a powerful tornado cut a path of destruction through Arabi and other parts of the city, many businesses and individuals rallied to provide financial support and other assistance to those affected. And, throughout the week, several violent crimes triggered hand-wringing from city leaders and calls for action from the community. After a March 21 carjacking that led to the death of 73-year-old Linda Frickey, several members of the City Council released a statement saying it’s time for change.
“While we don’t want to sensationalize the worst of our dear city, the rash of violence is evidence of a pandemic in our streets,” wrote Councilmembers Helena Moreno, J.P. Morrell, Joe Giarusso, Lesli Harris and Freddie King. “A pandemic that requires constant urgent attention to address.”
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