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4 Ways the Super Bowl Sucks For New Orleanians

From diverting precious resources to screwing up Mardis Gras, the game brings plenty of grief.

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While city officials speak of themes of rebirth this Super Bowl, there’s still much to be done in revitalizing New Orleans. Unfortunately, the public sector has been ransacked by the politics of privatization and austerity. Rebuilding a city requires more than rehabbing its sports arena; it is a long-term project, requiring investment in communities, a stable workforce, reliable schools, affordable housing, and a robust public health sector. It requires a politics of looking past the big game.

Matt Reichel is a writer living in New Orleans. Email him at or follow him on Twitter at:!/mattreichel.