Wednesday, January 11, 2006

N.O. residents angry about rebuilding ideas

N.O. residents angry about rebuilding ideas

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Angry residents vented frustration Wednesday at the debut of rebuilding proposals for this devastated city, with some vowing to defend their land from possible government buyouts and others saying the city needs to get out of their way and let them rebuild.

At times the meeting became acrimonious, with one angry Lower Ninth Ward resident, Harvey Bender, pointing his finger at members of the Bring New Orleans Back Commission and accusing Joseph Canizaro, the urban planning committee chairman and a prominent New Orleans developer, of plotting to take land from people.

"I don't know you, but Mr. Canizaro, I hate you," Bender said. "You've been in the background scheming to take our land." Another resident, Caroline Parker, said: "I don't think it's right that you take our properties. Over my dead body."

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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