Posted: May 7, 2013 3:59 AM by AP
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is set to deliver his annual state-of-the-city address in the historic Treme neighborhood at a community center that was recently re-opened, years after it was damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
Tuesday's setting is symbolic of post-Katrina progress that includes a reduction of blighted buildings and the hosting of a Super Bowl and other major events. But it also comes as Landrieu's administration faces stubborn financial, legal and political issues. They include violent crime and battles with the Justice Department over the cost of reforming the local jail and police department.
Despite the weighty load of problems, Landrieu enters the speech that kicks off his fourth year in office with high approval ratings, according to a recent University of New Orleans poll.