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Study: Crime top worry for New Orleans businesses

Originally businesses contemplating returning to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina cited worries about flood protection and infrastructure as factors in decisions to again set up shop in the city. A Louisiana State University study, however, says crime has now become the top worry.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Originally businesses contemplating returning to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina cited worries about flood protection and infrastructure as factors in decisions to again set up shop in the city. A Louisiana State University study, however, says crime has now become the top worry.

The study, released Wednesday, by LSU professors Nina Lam and Kelley Pace, conducted telephone surveys of New Orleans businesses beginning in December 2005 and ending in October 2007. Their focus was to determine what factors influenced decisions to reopen businesses and what issues persuaded business owners to close.

Lam says that for businesses that had recently opened, infrastructure protection, such as levees, utilities and communications, was the main concerns mentioned at first. By the end of the survey period, however, she says crime had become the primary worry for most businesses in the sample.