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Prior to 2012, various concession stands operated at the Casino Building in City Park. None of them were very popular with park patrons.

All of that changed in 2012, when Morning Call Coffee Stand began operations as a 24/7 beignet parlor. Morning Call literally transformed the area, attracting a robust business and bringing people back to City Park.


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For those folks who believe New Orleans got cheated when it failed to make Amazon's major expansion cut, who want a few tips how to escape being murdered as you walk the friendly streets of the Big Easy orwho can't take any more of the now infamous Sewage and Water Board--there's a perfect show for you for solace. It's this weekend. It's called, "News with The Pist".

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The Times Picayune reported last week that the New Orleans Saints may ask the state to pay for a $350 million upgrade to the Superdome before the 2024 Super bowl. That’s a huge taxpayer commitment for a state that can’t even fund education at all levels and basic healthcare for hundreds of thousands of its citizens.  So how should any upgrade be paid for?

chelseaWhat can cities, such as San Diego and New Orleans, do to ensure they are being sufficiently innovative for the future, while at the same time, taking care of their citizens now? What must they do?

In many respects, that seems to be the thrust of the efforts being made by Chelsea Collier, founder of Digi.City, who was in New Orleans this week and who sponsored a program involving city officials, the private sector and young entrepreneurs.

cantress wave statue 4The new Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, has been saddled with many problems, courtesy of Mitch Landrieu, her self-serving predecessor. There is the ongoing crime crisis, highlighted by this morning’s double murder in the Desire neighborhood. Cantrell is also facing a Sewerage and Water Board debacle which became much worse during the Landrieu years. In addition, she faces the ongoing problems of potholes, homelessness, blight, drugs, poverty and the high unemployment rate, especially among African American males.

FUTURE SHOCKED 5Forgive me, but, I think I’m coming down with a bad case of Future Shock. At least, after discussing technology and digital cities with Chelsea Collier, the founder of Digi.City, I am somewhat in awe as to how far along the way other cities and countries are in making themselves smarter, more efficient, more Internet driven.

dxcToday, Gov. John Bel Edwards, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Executive Vice President Jim Smith of DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) joined guests and employees in dedicating the company’s New Orleans Digital Transformation Center at the newly named DXC Technology Building on 1615 Poydras Street. In November, DXC Technology announced it will create 2,000 new direct jobs in New Orleans over the next five years in what will become Louisiana’s largest technology-focused economic development project to date.

punch 16It’s SWEET 16 and anniversary time for Politics with a Punch, a New Orleans favorite.

Sixteen years ago, Jeff Crouere and Bayoubuzz Publisher Stephen Sabludowsky launched what has become a wildly successful impromptu political comedy show. For their 16 year anniversary show, this Thursday, May 24,  appearing will be some of Punch’s favorite panelists and a couple of newbies gracing the Eiffel Society stage:

mitch free 3I know that in some communities and in some circles, it is not politically-correct to say anything positive about now ex-New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Ever since he fought the battle of the confederate monuments, to a large block of Louisiana voters, he has crossed the wrong side of the proverbial Mason Dixon line.  Even worse, he spent time at the Aspen Institute the weekend that the water pumps failed, causing significant damage to innocent people who entrusted him and city government to protect their properties from the wet.

landrieu mayors usFormer New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu finally has no political office to hold for the first time in three decades. Look for him to want to change that as soon as possible.

It all begins with a run for president in 2020, now that today he turned over the reins of city government. Keep in mind that Landrieu has worked outside of government for just a few years, right out of law school, and knows nothing else but politics, especially growing up in the household of a former legislator, mayor, U.S. Cabinet member, and state judge.

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