For months, David Vitter was the prohibitive frontrunner. He has name recognition, political clout, a plethora of cash, and a state whose demographics increasingly favor conservative Republicans. But this is a unique political climate. Jindal, one of the worst governors in the history of the state, has made toxic everything he touched, including the Republican brand. Running as a Republican gubernatorial candidate after Jindal was always going to be tricky. In addition to that, Vitter, as James Carville told Salon recently, is “one of the most flawed candidates in American politics.”—
Bush is planning to visit New Orleans for a Katrina remembrance on 8/28, but will actually get here on 9/5— fOfalex (@fofalex) August 20, 2015
Moskowitz: How do you make money and make affordable housing at the same time?Moskowitz also responded to some reader questions. He's written for Gawker on housing issues and development in New York, Detroit, Camden, New Jersey, Paris and other cities.
Kabacoff: The trick is to get market rate to come. The affordable will come. But if the market rate doesn't come, you end up with all the affordable and the issues they tried to unwind with these programs like Hope VI. On the affordable side, probably a third of those people you would love to have as your neighbor, another third—the kind of people who if their refrigerator stops working their life falls apart—if you can get them stable, you want them, and a third you just don't have the social staff to deal with the issues they're bringing to the table.
When we do developments, it's usually its one-third market, one-third workforce, and one-third former public housing—mothers with children on food stamps and all that stuff. There's a mixture of people. How do we afford to do the affordable piece? You need a lot of subsidy.
Moscowitz: But what about that last third? The poorest. How do you house them?
Kabacoff: If there's crime that follows, the market rate gets nervous, votes with their feet and leaves, then it doesn't work. So what do you do with the third that's too difficult? You just don't take them, or you evict them. Just get them out of there. I don't have the staff to deal with them. One of the deficiencies of the Hope VI model is how do you provide social services for those people?
The coffee scene in New Orleans is ever-expanding, with the arrival of craft coffee bars and pour-over spots from Uptown to the Bywater. Now, a new zine produced by Church Alley Coffee hopes to capture this pivotal moment in the city's coffee history.
Wrestlemania 30 is the best band I've ever seen— buddy (@doghugs) April 7, 2014
Hulk Hogan found boa paradise, Mr. T ate red beans and Rob Ryan got a pedicure. All that and more in another weird week in New Orleans leading up to the main event — Wrestlemania XXX — in today's Y@ Speak.
And hey, you can now get a sneak peek at Monday's Y@ Speak every Sunday in the print edition of Gambit. Just look for it in the news section.
(UPDATE: The @NOLAKale Twitter account has been suspended. The account didn't tweet anything offensive as far as I could tell and there didn't appear to be any sort of copyright infringement, so this is an odd development to say the least.)
So anyone who's been on Twitter recently may have noticed that #kalegate has been trending in New Orleans. Seems like a pretty ridiculous thing to be trending in New Orleans, right? I mean, who eats kale down here? NOBODY. At least, according to this cringe-inducing piece in The New York Times.
The article quotes Tara Elders, wife of Tremé actor Michiel Huisman, as saying "New Orleans is not cosmopolitan. There's no kale here." Shockingly enough, this isn't even the most ridiculous quote in this article (more on that later) but it has been the subject of much ridicule in the Twittersphere (EDIT: thanks to The Times-Picayune's Jarvis DeBerry), spawning the hashtag #kalegate and the Twitter handle @NOLAKale.
Here are some choice tweets spawned by #kalegate:
Kale you right!! RT @LeChatNoir25 We should create Krewe de Kale!! #KALEDAT #Kale #KaleGate
— NOLA Kale (@NOLAKale) March 7, 2014
Written by "rock and roll and fashion" writer Lizzy Goodman, the entire premise of the article hinges on her fascination with transplants that moved to the city and what "seduced" them. What follows is an incredibly condescending and ridiculous series of anecdotes from transplants which frames New Orleans as some sort of mystical (but also dirty and poor and dangerous) playground for artists and bohemians and...well not much else.
Let's go through each patronizing quote one by one.
David Simon, creator of TV's The Wire and Treme, is among the many panelists and guest speakers at the 2014 Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. (Simon's wife Laura Lippman also was announced a panelist at the festival.) Simon joins a music-centric panel with author Tom Piazza and singer-songwriter Luke Winslow-King discussing "Sing Me a Story, Tell Me a Song: When Writing Demands Melody":
There’s a reason why the best writing is easy on the ears. Language began as an aural tradition. In Western literature, the relationship between storytelling and melody dates back to the lyric poems of antiquity. That may be why Bob Dylan — who has won every music award on the planet — appears to have a chance to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. But when do popular songs rate as literature?
Gwen Thompkins, host of WWNO-FM's “Music Inside Out,” hosts the panel.
The annual festival celebrating the New Orleans playwright runs March 19-23. Theater programming includes The NOLA Project staging Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Southern Rep's Night of the Iguana. There also are one act plays and dozens of panels, readings and other events — including, of course, the annual "Stella!" and "Stanley!" shouting contests (at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, March 23 in Jackson Square).
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