Dear Mr. Rose,
I think you should publish the comments on this article. They say so much.
I loved this column. It says so much.
... Moi? I would still be in NOLA, but I wouldn't be the proud owner of my very own flooded out little hovel. Can you believe BUYING a stinking mould ridden wreck of a home? Rebuilt with no -zero- public assistance -just so I can stay with the one I love. You either understand the need or you don't.
Perhaps NOLA can learn from successful bike programs, as well. In D.C., one has the choice of a 1 day or 3 day membership: ($8. & $16. respectively). That buys into the program. After that, if you the bike is returned to a rack within 2 hours, there is NO additional charge. So one can rent a bike, get to one's destination, like a museum or shop, park the bike, stay as long as desired, then take another bike for the next leg. That would be a lot more useful and less expensive than having to pay an hourly rate, especially since many rides between attractions will take only minutes, not an hour. Also, by parking the bike back in a rack after getting to one's destination, the rider does not have to worry about securing the bike or finding a place to park it.
Better yet, don't go. They can have it. Who needs the dirty looks on a happy day.
It cracks me up when people think Jazzfest tickets are too expensive. It hurts me too, but Jazzfest is so much cheaper than other music festivals and has 17 stages to choose from. The choice and amount of good music are remarkable. I've missed artists I'd love to see because tickets to their show are twice the cost, or more, of Jazzfest tickets. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has got to be one of the biggest bargains around IMO.
And the Inspection Department is crooked.
I restored a house after Katrina for a second home for visits to NOLA. Someone in need wanted to rent it using a voucher of some sort. The inspector told me I need to install two hand rails on the front steps (even though there are only 3 steps on a 2' rise,) because "any steps wider than 5' must have 2 handrails". I cut the 5' 2" wide steps down to 4'11" and installed one handrail since I thought A handrail wasn't a bad idea but I also like the openness of the wide steps onto the yard. When he returned, he accused me of "trying to work the system" then went over my house and garage with a fine tooth comb trying to find a way to fail the house, which he did: one smoke detector was 1" to low, and one hardiplanked shower was not tiled (still isn't). He was going to make sure I knew just how powerful he was. He also stole my bracelet that was on the edge of the tub. I never rented the house out and have no plans to, but I object to giving more power to a body that employs people that can't maintain any semblance of professionalism.
One thing I have not seen discussed is regulating based on the number of "units" operated. If an individual only owns ONE home and wishes to rent it or a room for special occasions, that is a lot different than people that own a number of "units" that they manage only as a business.
This is a stunning set of work, unforgettable. I look forward to seeing it again.
Um. Clearly it hasn't faded that bad. Still alive and well in my book.
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