Our open-air culture and its availability to all is the truly distinctive thing about New Orleans — the thing that keeps the city vibrant and a mecca for visitors from all over the world. Lose that, and we’re Omaha. Omaha without even a stockyard. Deb is not alone in arguing that for New Orleans to thrive, these cultural traditions must be preserved in all their vitality — not just relegated to the life-size diorama that is the French Quarter.
Deborah Cotton, who has done videography for The Lens and has reported on second-line parades for Gambit and NOLA.com, was among those shot. Cotton had recently debuted a new website called New Orleans Good Good, about “only in New Orleans people, traditions [and] events.” Here’s Cotton talking about violence in New Orleans (Via Cliff’s Crib):
The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — The Shape We’re In Now — WWNO | Tune in to WWNO each morning this week to hear Lens reporter Bob Marshall talk about Louisiana’s imperiled coast. This morning’s installment certainly didn’t sugarcoat the problem: “What is arguably the greatest environmental and economic disaster in the nation’s history is racing toward a tragic climax that few of the tourists who flock here know about — and that Congress has shown little interest in addressing.”
Shell is preparing to drill 9,500 feet — nearly two miles — beneath the surface of the sea to suck oil out of a reserve that was discovered eight years ago, 200 miles southeast of New Orleans. … The quest for deeper wells reflects advancing technology and increasing desperation as shallower reserves dry up.
2016’s specter: Paul, Jindal visit early voting states — Concord Monitor | Can’t speaking engagements in early 2016 primary states wait until after state budget negotiations are completed? “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal became the first potential 2016 presidential candidate this year to visit New Hampshire, unofficially kicking off the state’s presidential primary season roughly 2½ years before voting begins. “