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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

CEOs for Cities: New Orleans is the least cultured city in America

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 3:54 PM

New Orleans, displaying its customary lack of culture.
  • New Orleans, displaying its customary lack of culture.
All that music, art, theater and costuming for which New Orleans is famous around the world? It ain't worth squat, we found out today.

The group CEOs for Cities just issued a report ranking "City Vitals 2.0" of 51 metro regions across the country, and ranked New Orleans #51 — dead last — when it came to "cultured cities." Which is ... interesting.

Who is this "CEOs for Cities," anyway?

Our mission is to be a strong, deep, and broad global, cross-sector, cross-generational, inter-connected network that serves as a cutting edge online and face to face platform and collaborative infrastructure for making American cities more vibrant, sustainable, and economically competitive and successful, with a focus on investing in the distinctive assets of cities.

(Oh! They're New Age sustainable bullshit trendy-word generator artists.)

Go on ...

Our value proposition is that we are a platform that serves as a connected, cross-sector, cross-generational, collaborative infrastructure for making cities better and more successful places to live and work - places where you can build your business and love your life. We a cross-sector, cross-generational learning network that facilitates online and face to face interaction through national, regional, and city convenings; research; and the collection and communication of smart ideas and practices for making cities successful. Our learning network is a delivery mechanism for cutting edge ideas, smart practices, and lessons learned.

There's more to read on their website "learning network delivery mechanism" if you want more detail. But for those who are just interested in the group's criterion or criteria for determining Culcha, here it is:


"Ratio of persons that reported attending a cultural event in the past year to the number of households with high definition televisions, 2007."

OK, using this five-year-old data point, I can only come up with one theory:

1) Something happened right before the 2007 survey that might have prevented people from attending a cultural event;

2) Something happened right before the survey that might have made people buy new furniture, including HDTVs.

What could that have been?

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