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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.


Coffee Shop Talk: Presidential Protestors

A Conversation With a Trump Voter-Turned-Activist



I’m one of those coffee shop writers. Over the years I have met individuals who have expanded my awareness and become connections for new jobs, events, and experiences, whilst enjoying the caffeinated brews. As a writer with an insatiable curiosity, I decided to use my networking skills to become the Coffee Shop Storyteller of New Orleans. All the stories shared here are from consequential strangers and newfound friends that I meet over a cup of joe. 


Coffee Shop Talk: Hypnotic Gurus

A Discussion on Sex, Mind Control, and More With Joseph Crown & Damien Atropa



I’m one of those coffee shop writers. Over the years I have met individuals who have expanded my awareness and become connections for new jobs, events, and experiences, whilst enjoying the caffeinated brews. As a writer with an insatiable curiosity, I decided to use my networking skills to become the Coffee Shop Storyteller of New Orleans. All the stories shared here are from consequential strangers and newfound friends that I meet over a cup of joe. 

 


Mailbag: No More Strip Clubs on Bourbon


Bourbon Street and strip clubs have become synonymous, but many residents do not view that condition as a plus. The City Council is set to consider the state of affairs at the end of the month. Reader William Khan wrote to NoDef to argue why the Quarter does not need any more strip clubs.


Mailbag: Frenchmen Poet's Plea for Help


This fall, the growing safety concerns on Frenchmen Street resulted in the creation of the Frenchmen Street Patrol. While many locals applauded the move, street poet Heath Stevens is concerned that the stepped up police presence is stifling artistic expression. He explains his view in a letter to the editor.


Mailbag: Meter Made--FQ Workers Respond to Parking Compromise


Mayor Mitch’s plan to make public parking downtown more expensive was met with outrage from French Quarter service industry types. So, a compromise was offered. In response, three leaders of the opposition, Nick Detrich, Mark Schettler, and Chris Lane penned an open letter calling for more attention to root issues such as public transit.


Mailbag: Keep Royal's Pedestrian Mall Open


Earlier in December, Brennan’s restaurant spearheaded a push to close the pedestrian mall on Royal Street. Reader Chris Olsen, a small business owner working out of the Quarter, was appalled by the idea. He launched a petition and penned an open letter to Council-Member Nadine Ramsey.


Letter to the Editor: Meter Hike Will Have Local Biz Working for Dimes


The City recently announced plans to raise rates and increase hours for parking meters in the Quarter. Business owner, William Kahn thinks the change is going to hurt local business and push more consumers to chains and big box store. In the following letter to NoDef, Kahn lays out his case against the hike.


Mailbag: NOPD Must Embrace Project NOLA


Crime is on the rise and so are the surveillance cameras that let locals stream videos of violence at the click of a mouse. Bryan Lagarde of Project NOLA, a crime camera advocacy group, says that if the police worked better with his organization crime might be on the decline. In an open letter to Superintendent Harrison Lagarde calls on the Department to embrace Project NOLA. read the letter after the jump.


K10: La Renaissance de la Nouvelle-Orléans


An Op-Ed by Alexandre Vialou of nolafrancaise.com

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal levees destroyed lives and the physical infrastructure of the City of New Orleans. With it, the indigenous connection that had existed between New Orleanians and their French cultural heritage for 297 years was -yet again- put to test. Iconic Cajun and Creole restaurants had to close, local french-singing musicians were scattered all around the nation. Uncertainty even surrounded the fate of Carnival in 2006.


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