National Affairs: Uplift for the Grande Dame

Elected mayor of New Orleans in 1946, deLesseps Story Morrison took one good look at that provocative grande dame among U.S. cities and made a worried diagnosis: the old lady was dangerously ill with municipal thrombosis, high blood pressure and cancer. Morrison set out to cure all three and rejuvenate her as well. Last week, celebrating his eleventh anniversary as mayor by dedicating an eleven-story, $8,000,000, glass-and-class city hall, "Chep" Morrison, 45, proudly and properly declared his girl well out of danger and enjoying a new uplift from skyline to dockside.

"Our thrombosis," Morrison explains, "was the traffic strangulation caused by five...

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