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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.

Draft of Cantrell's Smoking Ban Released

By Ashley Larsen

The state legislature has routinely taken a pass on passing anti-smoking legislation. However, New Orleans City Councilwomen LaToya Cantrell proposed an ordinance to tackle the issue in New Olrelans. The proposed measure is severe elliminating smoking not only in bars, but many outdoor areas.

National NOLA: GNO Inc. Study Explores Public Perception

Since the Federal Flood, The Big Easy has made her fair share of headlines. New Orleans’ reputation has evolved drastically throughout the past few years, and the Greater New Orleans Inc. is giving the public a peek through the eyes of our metropolitan counterparts. Continuing a study they began in 2010, GNO Inc. surveyed 1,600 registered voters from Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. Key findings point to wide variety of public perceptions.

Louisiana's Shaw Group Sold to Texas Company in $3 Billion Deal

by Shay Sokol

One of the Pelican State's biggest companies will now be guided by the Lonestar. The Shaw Group Inc. announced today it has signed a merger agreement with the Texas-based Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, under which CB&I will acquire Shaw in a cash and stock transition valued at $3 billion. The combination of CB&I and Shaw, now to be called CB&I Shaw, will create one of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies in the global energy industry.

Construction Behind

Our infrastructure is an obstacle course; our sidewalks provide a Darwinistic experiment whereby slabs of concrete resting at 45 degree angles provide an instant sobriety test. And, then there are the roads, peppered with potholes rumored to be dug by the very workers who fix them, and our asphalt in a constant state of barricade. Certainly annoying, but now CNN says this work affects business.

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