Though a bit too focused on Brad Pitt, The Atlantic had a spot on housing in New Orleans this week. Check it out!"If you look at the way ants behave when they’re gathering food, it looks like the stupidest, most irrational thing you’ve ever seen—they’re zigzagging all over the place, they’re bumping into other ants.… Continue reading On housing innovation in New Orleans
Two of my favorite things come together in this cautiously optimistc Economist article about Louisiana. Guess they must be reading my hopeful blog posts.Hat tip to Dunc, the source of most of my interesting news links.
Jackie from Gramercy, Louisiana, isn't looking back. 'We a post-Katrina couple,' she told me proudly of the man she'll marry this weekend. 'We havin a blue-jean weddin, doin it our way, since we both done the deal before.' Her before was definitive and, in definitive south Louisiana fashion, pronounced something like bufowah. 'My ex-husband, he… Continue reading Looking forward
When I traveled to New Orleans a few months after Katrina, my friend Lindsey and I spent an afternoon driving around gawking at the damage. At the end of the day, I was spent; I needed home. Not Shreveport, necessarily, but some place of refuge – a bookstore, a coffee shop, a Scottish pub.Home doesn’t… Continue reading Rosa (Or: Home)
Anxiously, I've been tracking from afar the movements of Hurricane Gustav. From the e-coverage, I draw an encouraging note: Americans of all stripes are demonstrating their concern for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. State governments are at the ready, the GOP convention is turned upside down, and Gustav dominates the electronic print media. There… Continue reading When a nation becomes a community
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/21/us/politics/21cnd-mccain.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin As great as it would be to have a Louisiana boy in line for the Presidency (and really, how long would John McCain last in the Oval?), I've got one message for Bobby Jindal as he meets with McCain this week: Don't do it. Why? First and foremost, Governor Jindal, we need you. Ethics… Continue reading Don’t do it, Bobby!
Shreveport gets some NYTimes buzz: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/movies/20shre.html?_r=3&ref=movies&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin