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Rebuilding New Orleans

Rebuilding New Orleans

Rebuilding New Orleans

Rebuilding New Orleans

Five years after Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl, New Orleans elected a new mayor, and people returning to their homes, but much work remains after the devastation caused by Katrina and the consequences of BP oil spill.There are many areas of town that are not reported on that are still struggling. There are parts of the New Orleans metro area that are no where near back to normal. New Orleans just ranked as the city with the worst decrease in property values. Having said all of that New Orleans still is a city with many things going for it. There is still a diversity of people who bring different ideas, approaches and backgrounds to solving this complex problem. The people of the region are resilient and resourceful. They are not about to give up on the Big Easy.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush declared that a “Great City
Will Rise Again.” He promised, “Throughout the area hit by the hurricane, we
will do what it takes—we will stay as long as it takes—to help citizens rebuild
their communities and their lives.”

Keep your eyes on the city and take the time to visit if you are looking for a great place for family and adult fun.

The people of New Orleans are optimistic about the future, but cautiously so.

Rebuilding New Orleans

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Blues Brothers 2000 Soundtrack
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Is it safe to visit the French Quarter?

With the stories in the headlines that crime is up in the French Quarter, people are questioning whether to stay in the Quarter or not. I live here by choice and love it.  Here is an example of what others are saying.

 

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My sister and I are in our early twenties and would like to visit and stay in New Orleans French Quarter, but we are a bit weary from everything we’ve heard. We mostly want to visit one of their many cemeteries, plantations and go on a swamp boat ride.
Would it be safe to stay at a hotel in the french quarter?
I’ve already heard if we go, not to dress nicely and at night not to walk on the sidewalk where the cars are parked (I guess people like to jump out from behind them and mug tourists)
Any other advice for us?

As an end of college road trip this past June, me and 5 other girls (all 21 or 22) took a road trip down to New Orleans. And it was a wonderful trip! But it is crowded, and lots of drunk people around every turn. Here are my tips and advice for young women traveling the French quarter alone:

1.On the weekends on Bourbon street they have mounted police.
2.We stayed at the Holliday Inn French quarter, there was a door man (guard) every day and night.
3.Stay in eye site of each other when walking around, it is very easy to become separated. (in bars go to the bathroom together even, not as important for restaurants)
4.If you feel tired or threatened walk into the nearest hotel lobby and sit down. No one is going to mess with you in a hotel lobby, and as long as you walk in and act like you belong you will not be asked to leave. (I have done this several times)
5.I never felt uncomfortable or unsafe when walking around bourbon street day or night or at the plantations and other tourist sites.
6.Do not carry all your money on you at once.
7.Keep emergency credit card numbers in you room incase your cards are stolen.
8.Use Common Sense
9.The ghost tours are a fun and really show you the history of the area.
10.Ask for advice on places to go from you hotel desk or restaurants or bars, not the stands on the street.
11.Visit Jackson square, especially during the day. Artists are out showing off their works. Also selling them.
12.You can barging for your purchases at the French Market.
13.Enjoy your self!

It is a great city with the culture unlike any other. Go and have fun. Do not worry, about what could happen. Use common sense and things will end up ok.

(Also if you enjoy Piano Bars, Pat O’ Brians has a wonderful one and the best hamburger I have ever had is in a restaurant right across the street from side entrance, I believe it was called Yo Mammas)

 

Resources:

 

New Orleans Police Department

New Orleans French Quarter Information


What was the original way New Orleans was pronounced?

I understand the locals normally say N’orlins – Stress on the Nor.
I was just curious if there was an original French way in which Orleans may have been pronounced. Currently I say New Orlins – stress on the Or, but when I was young I would say New Orleens – stress on the leens.

Only Hollywood and tourists call the city N”Awlins.

The original name of the city was in French: Nouvelle Orleans. It is pronounced new vell ore lay on.

There are two "normal” pronunciations today:

New Or le ans (Orleans is 3 syllables)
New Or leans (Orleans is 2 syllables)

The issue is somewhat confused by the fact the City of New Orleans is also (same boundaries) Orleans Parish (parish = county). Everyone says Or leans Parish (Orleans with 2 syllables).


The Story of Milk Studio – It Does a Body Good

Gather round my friends and you will hear the story of a Louisiana couple who persevered.  Once upon a time Mindy owned a lingerie shop on Decatur Street in the New Orleans French Quarter.  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina the city was in turmoil, and full of construction workers who didn’t need lingerie.  Desperate to save her retail space Mindy put the same artistic talent she had used to do the graphic designs on her lingerie to use on handcrafts.
 
Enter David the limo driver. Katrina also did a number on David. Leaving 10 feet of water in his home and making the need for limo drivers, even 25 year veteran limo drivers, basically non-existent in the Big Easy.  It looked like David needed a plan.  So with no place to stay and no job David moved to the French Quarter to try to find work.  What he found was Mindy.  Mindy needed someone to work her table in the French Market and David needed a job.  Sounds like a plan to me.
 
Mindy and David took their plan and a prayer and together turned a floundering lingerie shop into a flourishing business.  These guys with camera in hand went around the area taking pictures of NOLA landmarks, hotspots, and businesses. In a 3 day process that demonstrates detailed workmanship they create distinctive works of art in each beautiful glazed tile coaster, magnet and apron that are loved by locals and visitors alike.

Appreciating their efforts to keep intact some of the culture and history of the city, people started bringing in old grocery bags, matchbooks, notebooks, etc. The rest as they say is history, three years worth.

Next time you are in the French Market look for David and let him share some of his wonderfully nostalgic NOLA stories or stop in to see Mindy at the Milk Studio headquarters at 1309  Decatur and check out the new line of soy candles.  You can also visit David and Mindy at mindy@milkstudio.com           

I am inspired and humbled by the innovative people all over this great state, people like David and Mindy, who have suffered through devastating hurricanes, the aftermath and just rolled up their sleeves, picked up the pieces and kept right on going. Don’t you just love happy endings, it does a body good!

By Sharon Denise Talbot


Lenny Kravitz at Gallery 713

Doin’ it in New Orleans. Now on my way back to the Bahamas to finish the album. Lenny. Song: “Do It” from the forthcoming album. Also featured in the movie “Precious.” Film by Mathieu Bitton/candytangerine.com
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Check out this video of Lenny in the French Quarter with my pal Heidi Young and her dog Schucki.  This is not Lenny’s first visit to Gallery 713 while in New Orleans. He actually has and wears on stage one of Dana Tharp’s badass voodoo doll t-shirts.   Told y’all this place ROCKS!!  On your next NOLA visit make sure to visit Gallery 713.  On top of the super cool art available there, there is just no telling who you will run into.  I love this place!!
by Sharon Denise Talbot

Time from New Orleans airport to French Quarter?

How long does it take to get from the airport to the French Quarter. I’ve been there several times and it seems like it can take a long time depending on time of day. How long at around 6:00 pm on a Tuesday evening?

Many people travel to and from New Orleans and Baton Rouge. So around 6:00 P.M., the traffic can get very heavy on the I-10 especially because of all the construction. I would say the most it would take you is an hour, but definitely no more.


Harry Connick, Jr. – (I Could Only) Whisper Your Name

Music video by Harry Connick, Jr. performing (I Could Only) Whisper Your Name. (C) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

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New Orleans Ladies Needed

Calling all New Orleans Ladies – Check this out and contact Veleka if interested. 

Sharon Denise Talbot

Seeking Attractive Spunkey Women born in New Orleans between ages of 20 and 50

FROM PRODUCER VELEKA GRAY
email: actorsalliance@earthlink.net
[QUOTE]

Hi,

I’m developing a project for women born in New Orleans who are between the ages of 20 and 50 who are from different parts of the city and can demonstrate the cultural background of their neighborhood in attire, accent, personal style, politics, opinion, etc.

I’m seeking attractive, outgoing, spunky women who have interesting occupations and close ties to the city and their families. They must be from New Orleans.

If you think you qualify (or if you know someone who might), please send me a picture and résumé / bio / curriculum vitae and a description of why you believe you are a good representative of your part of the city. actorsalliance@earthlink.net

Please post this anywhere you think might attract the type of charming New Orleans belle I’m looking for.

Thanks,

Veleka

PS: (I already have someone from the 7th Ward.)


Travelling Should Help You Relax And Open New Possibilities For You. Learn More By Reading These Tips.

Almost everyone loves to travel, but many people do not love planning for a vacation. It can be frustrating and tedious to ensure everything is order for a trip. The following tips will give you all the help you need to plan an enjoyable trip.

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Steve Gardner plays Bourbon Street Tokyo Mardi Gras 2007

Mississippi Steve Gardner with the Bottleneck Blues Band play the 2007 Bourbon Street Tokyo, Mardi Gras in Roppongi. (Tokyo, JAPAN) Members-Steve Gardner, Hisa Nakase, Yu Ojima, Macoto Takahashi.

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