Race in America is not a problem you can go over, or around or under. You've got to go through it.

— Mitch Landrieu

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One of the things that's beautiful about New Orleans is how culturally rich we are and how well we have worked together. People call us a gumbo. It's really important that we get focused on the very simple notion that diversity is a strength, it's not a weakness.

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I love Mardi Gras. I'm a street rat.

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You can't hide behind race any more. You can't hide behind class structure any more. You can't hide behind family. You need to produce.

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One of the most special things about the city of New Orleans is how diverse a people we really are. There's been a new generation of individuals that have all grown up together, so I don't really see myself as a White mayor. I've never seen New Orleans as a Black city.

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The people of New Orleans have gotten to rock bottom.

And the only way out in my mind is for them to really understand it, and then to really choose to get better.

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There is nothing here that's broken that can't be fixed, but it won't happen on its own. It's going to require a huge lift by the entire country of the United States of America and people on the ground taking personal responsibility for themselves. You cannot take it as a fait accompli that the city's going to come back.

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It's a common theme around the city of New Orleans;

we're resilient people because we have to be. We love this place with all of our heart and all of our soul and I just wanted to try to do something that I could to help make it better.

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The city of New Orleans showed America what it takes to rebuild a great place.

We're all going together, and we're not leaving anybody behind.

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We`re heartened that Donald Trump wants to spend more money.

I think the mayors of America would agree that we have a massive deficit in the infrastructure plan in America and we need more, but more particularly because they actually get it done. We need to know what the mechanism is going to be, how it`s gonna get to the mayors directly, so how we can get it in the ground more quickly, and we`re hoping to hear from both candidates tomorrow.

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One of the things that the Hillary Clinton campaign has done, I think all the mayors in America would agree, is have a detailed plan about how that money actually gets down to the ground fast.

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The federal government was responsible for building the levees, engineering the levees, and consequentially, the federal government is responsible for repairing the damage that has been done, which has not been completed yet.

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