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Promotin’ the General Welfare

Time to Handle This 'Crime Thing'



New Orleans has a crime problem. New Orleans has a problem dealing with crime. New Orleans is in denial about its crime problem. New Orleans has long been in denial about its crime problem. If New Orleans was serious about solving its crime problem, it would have addressed the systemic issues which contribute to the persistent crime problem long ago.


Who Comes Next?

A Call for New Civil War Era Monuments



Each week, historian Sean Michael Chick will highlight some of the country's unsung heroes during the Civil War era who could serve as positive replacements following the takedown of New Orleans' Confederate monuments. Keep up to date here

 

In the midst of the public fight over the removal of the Confederate monuments in New Orleans, relatively little was asked about what would replace Jefferson Davis, P. G. T. Beauregard, and Robert E. Lee. On May 19th, just before Lee came down, Mayor Mitch Landrieu answered that question. The answer was underwhelming.


Promotin’ the General Welfare

Coffeehouses Come Home to Roost in Treme



I spent the better portion of my first thirteen years walking the streets near 1620 Dumaine Street, not far from North Claiborne Avenue.  My family’s funeral home was located smack-dab in the middle of the block, next door to Mr. Daryl’s Barbershop, just up from Congress Hats, right across from the infamous Tucky’s Dome, where a cast of characters – and I mean, characters! – convened nightly. Down the street, toward Joseph A. Craig School, was Mr. Claude’s Grocery, where we’d get sweets and snacks and my grandfather’s “lunch-tongue and liver-cheese” sandwiches.  It was a very user-friendly neighborhood.


Promotin’ the General Welfare

The Monuments are Gone — Now What?



Well, the day after the monuments came down has come to pass, and I have to tell ya: it feels pretty… anticlimactic. Not that I thought there would be more drama, not that we needed more fodder for the national media for what was, basically, a smart business move by the Mayor. But now comes the hard part. Forgetting the news coverage and the protests, and the impotent charade of failed civil unrest brought to us by concerned neighbors from nearby parishes and states, where is the plan laid out that addresses how we move forward? It would have been a timely presentation to make, accentuating the positive in this graduation season. 


Promotin’ the General Welfare

Tech World's Collision Conference Offers Festival 2.0



While the world came to New Orleans for Jazz Fest, the renown annual celebration of culture, food, heritage, and music, another major event touched down between Jazz Fest weekends that may have an even greater impact on the city's future, both in the immediate and long-term. 


Promotin’ the General Welfare

Symbolic Gestures Are Not Enough



As different as we like to think we are here in New Orleans – one of the wonderful self-styled slogans we don’t deny is visiting here is like coming to another country – we are very very American. In fact, we may be the most quintessentially American of cities precisely because we flaunt our love of the provincial and quaint alongside our loyalty to larger tradition and culture. Patriotism is big here. We pretend we are so dangerously laissez-faire while strictly adhering to unofficial, but understood, codes of conduct that have been passed down through the generations. You can talk crazy all you want, but acting crazy is a whole ‘nother thing that might get you locked up, or worse, left out.


Promotin’ the General Welfare: The Day After (The Monuments Come Down)



Well, it sho’ looks like it’s for real this time. According to an edict from on high – at least as high as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals – the imposing embarrassment of Confederate riches has been approved for removal, and much to Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser’s chagrin, there won’t be much anyone can do about it. (Word on the street was that our esteemed Lt. Governor was so upset by the City’s disrespect toward the legacy of the illegitimately formed Confederate government, he would personally appeal to the POTUS to pause Mayor Mitch from disgracing those sickening odes to things that once were…) So, with the coming down of these monuments, whenever that will be accomplished, here’s one significant concern: what will come on the day after? 

 


Coffee Shop Talk: An Impending Depression

Is New Orleans Headed Back into the Economic Depressions of the Past?



Each week, Joseph Santiago explores the issues of today over a cup of coffee. Check out his previous installments here

 

I’m having my coffee reading about a bomb being dropped and how Trump is serving the insurance companies by reducing benefits for the poor, making it harder to get insurance, and threatening to remove additionally protections if Democrats don’t see things his way. From my seat in the café, I listen to one person console another about recently becoming homeless. I interviewed two people last week who were opposed to the civil rights of the American people being infringed, and how greed has made its way into politics. I am having a difficult time shaking all this negativity off.


Promotin’ the General Welfare: Segregation in New Orleans Schools



Earlier this month, Tulane University's Education Research Alliance for New Orleans declared that the city's public schools are as segregated as ever. Tulane's study found that post-Katrina education reforms affected segregation — particularly among high school students.  


Promotin’ the General Welfare



Well, we may have just gone and done it, finally. 

 

Not that the city hasn’t been up for sale before, but this time it’s a wholesale takeover.  These folks have come here and turned some of the most sacred N’Awlins traditions into a common cavalcade of quirky Americana.


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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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