This morning I left New Orleans; I was only there a few nights, I spent the first part of the week visiting my father in Knoxville, TN. Knoxville was cold, too cold, there were snow flurries the first couple days I was there, so the milder temperatures of New Orleans was a welcome change.
New Orleans ticks a number of the boxes for things that I think help make for a great city: decent public transportation, well located green spaces, and good places for food & drink. It also has the added bonus of having a great music scene and culture all its own. I’m not sure if the wealth gap is wider in New Orleans or not, but it is something that’s on my mind whenever I’m there, and that makes me sad.
I do love that city though, while I was standing in d.b.a. on Frenchmen St listening to a band perform, I was so incredibly happy to be in New Orleans.