As I stroll along the sidewalks of New Orleans (carefully, I might add, as they are often broken), I often chance upon sewer lines leaking, with algal growth accompaniment from all the nutrients available to the slime. Daily, I drive my vehicle down the broken, pock-marked streets which are more akin to a war zone than those of a developed nation. I sit back now and wonder “Where is my tax money going”? Continue reading
…for those of you who live along the Gulf and US Atlantic coasts to start thinking about tropical storms. I understand it’s a tired issue for many of us who have lived here most or all of our lives, but as New Orleans in particular has had a rather large influx of “new blood” over the past few years, I believe it is good to go over some simple ideas and guidelines. Also, it does not hurt the storm veterans to refresh their hard-earned training. Continue reading
One can go out an read all the numbers and statistics they want about vacancy and abandoned buildings in New Orleans they want, and I’m pretty certain it is probably the truth, but I can say that New Orleans is rebuilding. Every day I see old homes being renovated and new ones being built.
….this is how I feel about the social scene in New Orleans. It is complete sensory overload. Although there has always been a healthy festivity culture here, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s become a bit too much for me after all these decades of reveling in such. It seems that there is always (and I mean ALWAYS) at least 3 major events any given week. I’m suffering burnout.
Although the calendar says summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st, it’s been warm and balmy for about 2 months now, and I couldn’t be happier, although I must admit to enjoying the air conditioning after a hot, sweaty day and hitting the showers.
A previous research interest of mine in graduate school was wetlands restoration, and it still holds a special place in my heart. This subject can be a sticky one in implementation, as many different groups are involved, have/want to have some sort of say, and this crosses both public and private domains, from flood control, to water flow, to even oyster fishing. Needless to say, there has been much bickering and research, but little action.
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