Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Aaron Neville: I'll keep my memories

The exodus has begun.

"I don’t think Katrina was the big one," said Eastover [an exclusive New Orleans East development] resident and New Orleans native Aaron Neville, living in Nashville with no plan to return to New Orleans soon. Maybe never.

"I’ll keep my memories," Neville said by cell phone about his flooded house. "It’s all moldy and mildew and I have asthma."


I think this article missed it's most important points. Katrina did strike the high and the low in the same way. But thw low can't just pick up and move to Nashville and continue their lives otherwise interrupted.

And the cultural core of NOLA is desperately in danger.

Misery doled out evenly in Eastern New Orleans

On a related note, NOLA.com also reports that: Kitchens may be closed, forever

An estimated one-quarter of the 3,400 restaurants in the New Orleans area will probably not reopen because of insurance cost, cash-flow or staffing issues, the chief executive officer of the Louisiana Restaurant Association said Monday.

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An estimated one-quarter of the 3,400 restaurants in the New Orleans area will probably not reopen because of insurance cost, cash-flow or staffing issues, the chief executive officer of the Louisiana Restaurant Association said Monday.

Jim Funk said that the 25 percent projection is a minimum number and could increase.

Most of the causalities, he said, will probably not be the established restaurants like Commander’s Palace or Galatoire’s, but the mom-and-pop neighborhood places.


The cultural core of the city is in grave danger. If action is not taken to ensure a renaisance in the city, the response will be remembered with the dynamiting of the ancient Buddha status in Afghanistan by the Taliban as among the great cultural attrocities of the 21st Century.

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