Why is it known, as the Big Easy? Is it 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 whole lot of variety, from a cultural, entertainment, and educational standpoint, or, just because, it appears, most, go about their particular ways, and believe in, Live and Let Live? Why, and how, does this city, enjoy a level of progressive/ liberal politics, and so on, even though most of the rest of the country, is a lot more conservative? How does the experience of going through floods, fires, and other disasters, drive this, live daily, entirely, thought – process, and behavior? What drives New Orleans, to be, a tourist mecca, while staying true to its history and heritage, and avoiding the folly, others have undergone, of over – growing, and expanding? With that in mind, this guide will try to briefly, consider, examine, review, and talk, a few of the relevant factors, and, perhaps, provide some view on, why the town is pleasurable, and many of us, from other areas, might learn something, from it.
- History and education: At least two key universities, telephone, New Orleans, home, Tulane University, and Loyola. While both enjoy beautiful, 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. The city is among the United States’ oldest ones, with history going back, to the 1600’s. It’s proud of its heritage and history, with superb museums, like the World War II Museum, Children’s Museum, Aquarium, etc.. Many areas (in this city, they are known, as either Districts, or Parishes) have strict laws regulating growth, and historic landmarking restrictions, and requirements. Due to this, while in a number of other cities, a lot of the history, as been demolished for so – called, progress, New Orleans maintains many areas of height limitations, and rules which require maintaining a significant level 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 choice, with him, on the roads. If you don’t finish your bottle of wine, etc, restaurants will provide carry – away, cups, so you might continue to enjoy, after your passing. These laws appear to encourage the notion of a society, where people love life, and, live – and – let – live.
- Ethnic Diversity: Most of the population, gets along, no matter race or ethnicity. One doesn’t see (at least, overtly), the racism, we often witness, in other Southern city.
- There seems to be jazz, everywhere, and bars, too. Venues stay open, overdue, 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 appear, to stop the people, from going about, their lives, and enjoying it. If you like to walk, the town is simple, to get around, because, it is flat (which, of course, is another flood factor). Parking is somewhat costly, gas prices are low, and the street car, is very reasonable, and very busy/ crowded.
So, what do we learn from New Orleans? Is it, people can get together, if they hope to? Or, history/ heritage could be maintained, while a city evolves and develops, in a relevant, sustainable manner? Visit the Big Easy, enjoy the unique experience, and learn from its history, and approach, to living!