Cousin Pat from Georgia 
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Moved from St. Simons Island, Georgia to New Orleans, Louisiana in September of 2006. Because who wants to spend all their time playing golf, drinking… More »

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Raise less corn and more hell.

Updated on October 8, 2010 at 12:25 PM

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Re: “Should developers build a 21-story hotel at Canal and Tchoupitoulas streets?

Don't be fooled. Letting developers get away with stuff like this only encourages further real estate speculation and lower property tax base.

There are no nosy preservationists or city bureaucracy keeping these buildings from being restored and the owner making millions. The only thing keeping these properties from being renovated, put back into commerce, and contributing property tax closer to their actual value instead of their neglected-building value are the developers. They could make millions right now just by doing that. They'd make even more money by building out that t-shirt store and parking lot - zoning allows them to go up to 70 feet tall, making even more millions of dollars. They could get started on that tomorrow.

But no. The incentives in land use policy in this town reward the owners/developers for demolition by neglect of existing structures. They could make millions right now just by renovating, but why do that when they can hold out, let the buildings continue to deteriorate on a prominent corner, watch the public get angry over the city's lack of development and property tax base, and parlay that pressure into a $100 Million hotel? Especially if they need that public pressure so the city will let their shiny new building violate area zoning restrictions? That's MY problem with this proposal. Letting this happen won't help the city, it will only encourage further real estate speculation, demolition by neglect, and then using that self-inflicted neglect to make zoning laws meaningless.

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Posted by Cousin Pat from Georgia on 05/23/2014 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Ladder control problem

If the city has the resources to check every street vendor selling cold drinks on a second line route, they have enough to ticket parade land grabbers and awful ladder people. I would totally support a complete banning of ladders and furniture from all parade routes. You want to bring the kids? Put 'em up on your own damn shoulders and give other kids the chance to participate.

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Posted by Cousin Pat from Georgia on 01/23/2013 at 10:20 PM

Re: “LS-Who?: "The saddest thing ever posted to the Internet"

No, the saddest thing on the internet was "Party in the UGA." You should be able to find that abomination on YouTube somewhere, because things on the internet never die.

That being said, I've begun to have serious concerns over the state of the undergraduate population at my alma mater in recent years.

Go Dawgs!

Posted by Cousin Pat from Georgia on 12/02/2011 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Smoking or Non-Smoking? Letting the Customers Decide

I remember all the doom and gloom predictions for Athens and Atlanta area bars and restaurants when the smoking ban came through in Georiga. I remember all the doom and gloom predictions back when Louisiana moved to no smoking in restaurant establishments.

The predictions are the ones that have been proven false. Doom and gloom never materialized.

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Posted by Cousin Pat from Georgia on 07/15/2011 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Would you give a potential employer your Facebook password?

Like checking your tax records, this is how prospective employers/landlords weed out those individuals they do not want to hire without having to give actual cause. You know, like "I don't want to hire that guy because of his skin color" or "my friends want these jobs and I don't want them to compete with other applicants."

Friends are in, those who complain don't get the job/apartment. You comply with the letter of civil rights law if not the spirit.

Posted by Cousin Pat from Georgia on 02/21/2011 at 2:08 PM

Re: “The Starbucks Big Gulp: Now available in New Orleans

One concept: 31 oz of iced coffee and chicory.

The reason Starbucks can get away with this is because they serve the weak stuff.

Posted by Cousin Pat from Georgia on 01/19/2011 at 12:25 PM

Re: “R.I.P. Pizza Hut

Yeah, you rite.

Back in the day (the late 80's and early 90's), Pizza Hut used to make some pretty tasty pizza. No one believes me when I say this, and when I lump them in the same category as Taco Bell and KFC. Those were some standards of my childhood (especially dem KFC biscuits). Today, I think all three are owned by the same parent company, and have long been dependent on advertising over product.

Posted by Cousin Pat from Georgia on 01/06/2011 at 2:08 PM

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