Cultural preservation aside, the fact that the newest eatery in town, who hasn't even been open through a New Orleans summer, claims to anchor the neighborhood when most of the locals can't afford to eat there (at least to the point of feeling like they've eaten a meal) is ridiculous. And that this claim was put out by someone who had to look up what Holy Cross was (and obviously hasn't stepped foot across the canal) is revolting.
I don't have a problem with fancy eateries in the neighborhood (I enjoy them on occasion), and I don't have a problem with new people, until they try to steal the neighborhood flag and wave it around.
I guess the casual visitor to Bywater would go out to a bar and/or restaurant, see a bunch of hipsters and yuppies and conclude that that's what the neighborhood is. "Oh, the Bywater is nothing but hipsters now, with their beards and their skinny jeans and their PBR" is all I ever hear. But that's also misinformed. My neighbors all still work for a living and come home and wave when we see each other. We just don't go out as much since the bars are overrun with newbies. And we certainly don't need saving. We have each other's back when something bad happens, at least on my block we do, and that's what being a part of a neighborhood is all about. Not just showing up and proclaiming yourself the winner of the cool contest.
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