NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, during his annual state of the city address, says the city is growing in population, its home values are rising and there's an influx of start-up businesses.
Landrieu also stressed his administration's efforts at police reform and collaboration among local, state and federal agencies as he reviewed efforts to fight stubborn violent crime.
Tuesday's speech was delivered at a community center in the historic Treme neighborhood. The center recently re-opened after post-Hurricane Katrina repairs and renovations were completed.
Landrieu, according to a recent University of New Orleans poll, entered the speech that kicks off his fourth year in office with high approval ratings.