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There Goes the Neighborhood

Mural at the office

New Orleans        I don’t know why I continue to be surprised at the changes in my own neighborhood, Bywater in New Orleans.  I’ve seen the joggers, dog walkers, and strollers in the streets.  I’ve noticed the porkpie hipster hats and the bicycles rolling by at all hours of the day and night.  [...]

Nine Years after Katrina

Lower 9th Ward before and after, credit to Ted Jackson at nola.com

Little Rock       Perhaps the best news in the nine years since Katrina has been that we have not faced another devastating hurricane, as the city continues to struggle to rebuild.  We had a bit of problem a couple of years ago in 2012, [...]

Shots Missing in the Bloodless New Orleans Newspaper War

New Orleans       I get up early.  That’s the way it’s always been.  Today is one of the three days a week that the more than 175 year old Times-Picayune is actually delivered to our home.  The once daily Times-Pic is also a sometimes delivery paper.  At 430 am, I found it properly positioned on the steps of my porch.  That makes 3 of 6 times [...]

Going Old School with the Teachers’ Union

New Orleans    I have hugely mixed feeling about my old high school in New Orleans, but finally I found myself in a situation, sitting next to another alum, my daughter, Dine’, where I found that I had never been prouder of the teachers at Benjamin Franklin High School than on that night in that auditorium.   [...]

Jazz Fest Highlights the Contractions of New Orleans

bicycle memorial on st. claude

New Orleans     The annual Jazz and Heritage Festival or Jazz Fest, as it’s universally known in New Orleans, has become a big time event over the years.   I had folks come into town for a board meeting recently and trying to find a place the out-of-towners would like to try, several [...]

Euphemisms and Rationalizations are No Substitute for School Board Elections

Patrick Dobard, right, lays out his plans for the Recovery School District upon taking the superintendent job in January 2012. He will appear at a Lens breakfast event next week. (Rusty Costanza, Times-Picayune archive)

New Orleans  Years ago New Orleans and many parts of Louisiana were referred to by various observers as “banana republics,” meaning [...]