"the city's abominable streets"

NOLA may keep its obstacle-course streetscape for the foreseeable future.

Caught between the city council's desire to keep taxes down and the depletion of the emergency reserve during Gustav, the public works department may only get half of what it needs to address city streets.

It's unfortunate.  The streets have improved marginally since I arrived here, but they are still mind blowingly bad in places.  And long stretches of some major roadways don't have working streetlights.  After crime, basic street infrastructure is the chief problem the city should be tackling.

It almost makes me want to get involved with this.