Saturday, September 10, 2005

Don't let New Orleans become Las Vegas

If you haven't figured out Bush by now, what we have to fear here is that he drops crazy dollars on his friends to rebuild New Orleans as the PARTY TOWN they know it as. I have nothing against sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. But, not if the entire city is rebuilt based on that concept and all the money is capitalized by the corporate elite. Let's have some REAL ART, some innovative music (DON'T LET NEW ORLEANS BECOME LAS VEGAS). Let's invigorate the vast community of people who lived in the heart of New Orleans. Let's step up to the opportunity in a right way. Every person affected must be in a home and healthy.

My question is how do we encourage a real art scene back into New Orleans.

Thanks Eric for this link.
Despite the disaster that has overwhelmed New Orleans, the city's monied, mostly white elite is hanging on and maneuvering to play a role in the recovery when the floodwaters of Katrina are gone. "New Orleans is ready to be rebuilt. Let's start right here," says Mr. O'Dwyer, standing in his expansive kitchen, next to a counter covered with a jumble of weaponry and electric wires.
Or was there ever one?