Thursday, June 22, 2006

The National Guard arrive in New Orleans...

This photo by John McCusker of the Times-Picayune shows Army and Air National Guard troops on stand-by outside the New Orleans Convention Center.

The troops arrived on Wednesday and will be deployed to protect some of the neighborhoods destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. This will make it possible to deploy more policemen to the hot-spot crime areas.

The new crime wave presents a huge challenge for the City of New Orleans. The recent murder of five teens in the Central City area has caused alarm by many people. Will people want to return to a city where crime is out of control? What impact will crime have on the tourist industry?

It is expected that 300 members of the National Guard will be deployed during the summer months.