I just read an article in the New York Times that really makes me shudder. The Urban Conservancy recently discussed this as well.
There are many aspects of New Orleans culture. One significant part of that is the interactions between the many small shops that made up our neighborhood economies and the people who lived in these neighborhoods. As people leave the city (or choose not to return), these small businesses are nearly at the point of closing. Many appear to be hanging on by the thinnest of threads. Once these businesses close, New Orleans will lose another significant aspect of what makes New Orleans great.
There is no doubt that Susan and I have had to move away from New Orleans. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t or don’t continue to do business with people in New Orleans. Some of my favorite places are located to the right on my favorite places in this blog. I would add the the Louisiana Music Factory, Metro Three, and Winky’s to these.
The point is—even for those of us in Exile, we must continue to support OUR local businesses—even from a distance.
They are too important to lose. Listen, folks, in my last trip to New Orleans I dumped thousands (really, thousands) of dollars in the local economy. Monthly, I spend hundreds of dollars in New Orleans small businesses. We must do what we can to keep these businesses alive.
Please, folks, do what you can to support New Orleans local business. If we don’t, noone will. Honestly. We all know what these places mean.