Kathryn W Huff 
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Posted by Kathryn W Huff on 07/11/2016 at 9:11 PM

Re: “"Who needs neighbors when we've got brunch?" New Orleans artists respond to Airbnb

I live next to a double that is owned by people from New Jersey who are never here and run an illegal air bnb. They have now bought the double across the street to do the same thing. There is an endless parade of loud obnoxious strangers endlessly parading by my bedroom. The Bywater was renters and resident homeowners when I bought my house 15 years ago. These folks act like they are in Disneyland. They're crimebait. No one benefits from this but the carpetbaggers. I wish the city would enforce its damn laws. It's now worse here then it was when I lived in the Quarter prior to moving here for noise and wandering, rude strangers who act like we don't have laws here and that we are all here for them.

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Posted by Kathryn W Huff on 05/28/2015 at 3:31 PM

Re: “"It wasn't a blank slate"

I think some of the first comments really missed the point. I know my neighborhood has some of the same issues. Perhaps the entire move to get rid of live music outside of the commercial zones (e.g. downtown money) is a prime example. The reason many people have moved here is that they love their view of what New Orleans is and what New Orleans culture and its people represent. However, they don't seem to understand that New Orleans is a product of all of its history and part of that history isn't pretty. I have mixed feelings about my ever increasing house value and the changing vibe and complexion of my neighborhood. It isn't snobbery or parochialism. It's about keeping it real. You don't develop authentically American music,cuisine and culture by sanitizing the neighborhood and making it impossible for all kinds of people to live around you. Megan's essay speaks to this. I am glad people that have moved here mostly want to add their ingredients to the gumbo. But, the essential ingredients of a gumbo are what they are. I really don't want gumbo chain restaurants here and a lot of people want a sanitized version of New Orleans that would lead to the same kinds of sterility that exists in the places they left.

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Posted by Kathryn W Huff on 12/30/2013 at 9:50 PM

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