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 – sufficient, to feel intimate, yet large enough to supply a lot of variety, from a cultural, entertainment, and educational perspective, or, just because, it seems, most, go about their own ways, and believe in, Live and Let Live? Why, and how, does this city, enjoy a level of progressive/ liberal politics, etc, even though most of the rest of the state, is a lot 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 staying true to its heritage and history, and averting the folly, many others have experienced, of over – growing, and expanding? With that in mind, this guide will try to briefly, consider, examine, review, and talk, some of the relevant aspects, and, perhaps, provide some perspective on, why the town is enjoyable, and many of us, from different areas, might find something, from it.
- Education and history: At least two key universities, call, New Orleans, home, Tulane University, and Loyola. While both enjoy beautiful, expansive campuses, they maintain relatively smaller student bodies (under 10, 000 each), and may be accessible, via road car, from town center, and elsewhere. It is proud of its history and heritage, with superb museums, like the World War II Museum, Children’s Museum, Aquarium, etc.. Many regions (in this town, they are known, as Districts, or Parishes) have strict laws regulating development, and historical landmarking restrictions, and requirements. Due to this, while in a number of other cities, much of the history, as been demolished for so – called, progress, New Orleans maintains many regions of height limitations, and rules which require maintaining a substantial degree of the exterior facade, with an organized, enforced policy.
- Open take, liquor laws: it’s not just legal, but encouraged, to take one’s liquor, of selection, with him, on the roads. If you don’t finish your bottle of wine, etc, restaurants will provide carry – away, cups, so you may continue to enjoy, after your passing. Maybe, this is also the reason, the area has some of the most expensive auto insurance. These laws appear to encourage the notion of a society, where people enjoy life, and, live – and – let – live.
- Ethnic Diversity: Most of the populace, gets along, regardless of race or ethnicity. One does not see (at least, overtly), the racism, we frequently witness, in other Southern city.
- Entertainment and culture: To sum up, the primary cultural interest of the city, I’d say, the Saints, and Jazz. There appears to be jazz, everywhere, and bars, also. Restaurants appear busy, and successful, and there are various styles of food available, with a plentiful supply of Cajun, Steak, Po Boys, etc.. Venues remain open, overdue, and there are plenty of individuals, citizens, and tourists/ visitors, visible to the wee hours.
- Every time there is significant precipitation, some parish appears to flood, yet, it doesn’t appear, to stop the people, from moving about, their lives, and enjoying it. If you like to walk, the city is easy, to get around, because, it is flat (which, of course, is another flood factor). Parking is somewhat expensive, 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 could be preserved, even though a city evolves and develops, in a relevant, sustainable manner? Visit the Big Easy, enjoy the exceptional experience, and learn from its history, and strategy, to living!