New Orleans, Louisiana, is known for many characteristics, and things. Why is it referred to, as the Big Easy? Is it because, the essence of the city is somewhat, relaxed, its people enjoy life, it is small – enough, to feel intimate, yet large enough to supply a lot of variety, from a cultural, entertainment, and educational perspective, or, just because, it appears, most, go about their particular ways, and believe in, Live and Let Live? Why, and how, does this town, enjoy a level of progressive/ liberal politics, and so on, although most of the remainder of the country, is far more conservative? How does the experience of going through fires, floods, and other disasters, drive this, live daily, fully, thought – process, and behavior? What drives New Orleans, to be, a tourist mecca, while remaining true to its heritage and history, and avoiding the folly, many others have undergone, of over – growing, and expanding? With that in mind, this article will try to briefly, consider, examine, review, and talk, a few of the relevant aspects, and, perhaps, provide some perspective on, why the town is pleasurable, and several of us, from other areas, might find something, from it.
- History and education: At least two major universities, telephone, New Orleans, home, Tulane University, and Loyola. While both enjoy lovely, expansive campuses, they maintain relatively smaller student bodies (under 10, 000 each), and are easily accessible, via road car, from the city center, and elsewhere. It’s proud of its heritage and history, with superb museums, such as the World War II Museum, Children’s Museum, Aquarium, etc.. Many regions (in this town, they are known, as either Districts, or Parishes) have strict laws regulating development, and historical landmarking restrictions, and requirements. Because of this, while in many other cities, a lot of the history, as been demolished for so – called, progress, New Orleans maintains many regions of height limitations, and rules which require maintaining a significant degree of the exterior facade, with an organized, enforced policy.
- Open carry, liquor laws: It is not just legal, but encouraged, to take one’s liquor, of selection, with him, on the roads. If you don’t complete your bottle of wine, etc, restaurants will provide carry – away, cups, so you may continue to enjoy, after your departure. These laws appear to encourage the notion of a society, where people enjoy life, and, live – and – let – live.
- Ethnic Diversity: the majority of the population, gets along, no matter race or ethnicity. One doesn’t see (at least, overtly), the racism, we frequently see, in other Southern city.
- There seems to be jazz, everywhere, and bars, also. Venues remain open, late, and there are lots of people, citizens, and tourists/ visitors, visible to the wee hours. Eclectic, might be, a way, of describing the Big Easy.
- Every time there is significant precipitation, some parish seems to flooding, yet, it doesn’t seem, to stop the people, from going about, their lifestyles, and enjoying it. If you like to walk, the city is simple, to get around, because, it’s flat (which, of course, is just another flood factor). Parking is somewhat costly, gasoline prices are low, and the street car, is extremely reasonable, and very busy/ crowded.
So, what do we learn from New Orleans? Is it, people are able to get together, if they hope to? Or, history/ heritage can be preserved, even though a city evolves and grows, in a relevant, sustainable manner? Go to the Big Easy, enjoy the exceptional experience, and learn from its history, and strategy, to living!