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Jefferson Highway

Before his company created Better Homes & Gardens and other memorable magazines, Edwin T. Meredith covered America’s farms. Almost exactly 100 years ago he was reporting on transportation trends, noting the rise of the automobile and the completion of the…

Give Me Shelter

For generations in the U.S., political and private sector leaders have preached the nobility of the “American dream.” Home ownership is a goal for which all individuals should strive and which government should encourage – or so the traditional thinking…

BIZ: The kindness of strangers

Alarms sounded in local fundraising circles recently when a major local company raised the specter of a relocation to Houston. Tidewater Inc. has been a fixture in New Orleans since its founding in the 1950s by brothers Alden and John…

BIZ: EN ROUTE TO A COMEBACK

On a scale from zero to 30,000 feet, business at New Orleans’ airport is nearing an altitude of about four miles, (or 21,120 feet,) local officials say. It’s not what you’d call “flying high,” but activity is in a strong…

BIZ: Getting Businesses Back

Entrepreneurs, by nature, are a tenacious lot. That is fortunate for New Orleans because starting and growing a business in the current economic environment requires a special brand of moxie. Anyone who launches a business takes a certain leap of…

BIZ: Bagging Market Share

Stroll into Dorignac’s Food Center almost any afternoon of the week and you’ll see a familiar scene: piles of groceries rolling on the checkout counters, shoppers and carts jamming the aisles. Activity at the Metairie market is so heavy that…