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The New New Orleans, Part 2 

The second installment of our series in which we ask locals what’s good and bad about our changing city


Everyone in New Orleans seems to agree: The city is changing, and rapidly. But what those changes are, what they mean and whether they're for better or for worse — everyone has his or her own opinion.

  "The New New Orleans" was Gambit's cover story for the last issue of 2013. In it, we asked 17 New Orleanians — natives and recent arrivals, old and young, black and white, rich and poor — what they thought the changes were about, and whether they were positive or negative. The result was a mosaic of voices, and it became one of our most-read and most-discussed issues of the year.

  This week we present Part 2, with a whole new cast of locals, including a Jackson Square artist, the owner of Circle Food Store, a Xavier University student and a French Quarter entertainer.

David Williams
Native New Orleanian who lives in the CBD

Lance Vargas
Algiers resident and an artist in Jackson Square

Dwayne Boudreaux
Owner, Circle Food Store

Mandy Conger
New Orleans native and Ochsner Health System employee

Alia Fleury
Xavier University student and musician

Elizabeth Jones
New Orleans native and school teacher

Lindsay Pick
Bed and breakfast operator and tour company co-owner

Pearl Heart
A silver mime who performs in the French Quarter, and Bywater resident

Arthur Severio
Hairstylist and entertainer

Hugo Montero
An artist, Casa Borrega owner, and New Orleans resident for 27 years

Rosy Antoine
Amtrak employee and New Orleans East resident

You can read all the stories on "The New New Orleans" at and discuss it on Twitter using the hashtag #newnola. And if you'd like to tell your story, contact us at We'll definitely do a Part 3.

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