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Posted: Tuesday, 07 May 2013 8:25AM

Analyst: Mayor's speech to set tone for 2nd term run

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivers his "State of the City" speech today. It will be Landrieu's last such address before the next mayoral election.

Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos says the mayor's speech today will probably reflect that.

"Kind of painting the big picture of where we are, where we've been, and equally importantly, where we're going, and that's a very important angle for a mayor on the cusp of running for reelection," DuBos said. "I think he's going to spend some time reviewing where we've been and where we are, but I think he'll spend a lot of time talking about where he wants to go not just in the next year but the next five years."

Around town this morning, folks told WWL First News they believe the city is moving forward:

"You can see the folks, the traffic, the people in town, the businesses, you still see progress," one woman told us.

"We seem to be headed in the right direction," said another New Orleanian.

But we also found people who felt crime, education and economic development are issues that are holding the city back.

"To say we're going in the right direction? We've got a lot going on that people just aren't aware of or we chose not to be aware of," said a woman who told us her son is a narcotics detective.

"Too much crime, the schools, even the good schools that some of my friends are trying to get their kids in, are too hard to get in," said another, who also said she doesn't think the city provides enough economic opportunity. "I'm a chemist, so I know I'm going to have to eventually move."

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