Usually over lunch, sandwiches brought to the office, our food writers and members of the editorial staff gather to determine the year’s group of best new restaurants in New Orleans. Such a conversation could easily stretch into dinner because there are always so many to consider. The scene is lively with new faces and new […]
I had been curious about the blowout trend for a while. Salons have been opening all over the country offering a professional blow dry session, instead of a full haircut; there are no scissors involved. When I heard that yet another blowout salon was opening near New Orleans, I decided I needed to try it. […]
Thrive Foods got off to an inauspicious start earlier this year. The business, a partnership between chef Rob Faust and Peter Menge, right, provides prepared food for pick-up at the Laurel Street Bakery, with other locations to be announced. Thrive’s first day would have been April 8, but just after cooking the food for customers […]
The headline tells the truth, but it isn’t something you expect to find in July in New Orleans. Staying cool in that month in this place is a challenge of the highest order. But the annual Tales of the Cocktail is a very cool festival. Now in its 11th year, Tales is considered the No. […]
Grace your Day Gracious Bakery + Cafe, 1000 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, Suite 100, 301-3709, GraciousBakery.com To the new Gracious Bakery + Cafe, Megan Forman brings years of experience in great kitchens such as Payard in New York City and Bayona and Sucré locally. Forman, named a Rising Pastry Chef by StarChefs.com, ensures the bread […]
Someone recently asked me why there are so many new restaurants in New Orleans. The simple answer is to confess that I don’t know, but why let ignorance stand in the way? Since this is our Best New Restaurants issue, here are some guesses. 1) People are eating out more. Especially in households where all […]
The police diver has changed into dry clothes; his hair is still wet. A few hours earlier, Slidell policeman Mark Michaud found the apparent remains of Terrilynn Monette inside her car at the bottom of Bayou St. John, ending a three-month search for the missing New Orleans schoolteacher. Michaud now wades into a crowd of […]
A national nonprofit developer of real estate for arts organizations is moving ahead with an ambitious plan to transform a long-blighted Tremé school property into a center of arts and culture for its neighborhood. Artspace, which is based in Minneapolis, intends to redevelop the old Andrew J. Bell Middle School campus into a multi-faceted arts […]
Salmonella: The mere mention of the four-syllable word strikes fear in diners and restaurant owners worldwide. Many different bacteria and viruses can cause foodborne illness, but Salmonella is the classic. Contaminated fresh eggs used for making hollandaise sauce once caused a large outbreak in one of our most famous Creole eateries. Years later in 2001, […]
As the saying goes, there’s an app for that: LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) audiologists say smartphone apps are effective in monitoring noise levels to protect one’s hearing. Annette Hurley, assistant professor of audiology at LSUHSC, and Eric Arriaga, a third-year doctor of audiology student, recommend the use of sound-measuring apps in the current issue […]
It took years for New Orleans to appoint its first Inspector General, a position charged with rooting out fraud and waste in city government. But when it came time for the board that oversees this office to weigh in on its chief, Ed Quatrevaux, members quickly validated his performance. The city’s Ethics Review Board voted […]
I happened to be standing in front of the family of Terrilynn Monette when her car was pulled out of Bayou St. John Sat., June 8. Since the popular grade school teacher disappeared last March after a night of celebrating a teacher of the year recognition, her absence had become a cause. Search parties had […]
The idea of New Orleans culture is central to the identity and experience of this city, though tallying what makes up that culture and measuring its precise impact on residents’ lives is open to interpretation. City Hall, however, has recently made its own stab at assessing just how much New Orleans culture is worth in […]
HEALTH You might find it funny that a New Orleanian would write a book about cutting back on sugar, but that’s what dermatologist and Tulane University clinical associate professor Patricia Farris has done with The Sugar Detox. Farris and co-author Brooke Alpert, celebrity nutritionist and founder of B Nutritious, make the case for the health […]
The faded red gasoline pump stuck in some Pleistocene age at “34 cents a gallon” should be the first tipoff that things may be somewhat amiss inside this building a stone’s throw from the circle at Abita Springs. There is a “Twilight Zone” aura about this entire setting that’s obvious before you even get out […]
Ever notice how over the years, bathing suits have gotten smaller? This would make sense if people had gotten smaller, too. But most people have expanded. So we got to stretch less and less bathing suit over more and more skin, which means there is a lot of sunburning going on. It is bad enough […]
The sibling question is such a hard one for me to successfully answer, and I get asked it all the time. Everyone does. It is a typical “get to know you” question, ostensibly harmless: “Do you have any brothers or sisters?” I ask it myself of other people frequently. When I was young and both […]
“The MR. GO took two years to plan, two years to close, and 50 years to debate!” – Junior Rodriguez, former St. Bernard Parish President
MR GO? Mr. Go? In spite of the rhetoric following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the average citizen still has only a vague notion of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet – why it exists, its economic significance to the Port of New Orleans, its impact on the ecosystem, why it makes our region vulnerable and how it affects the unique culture of St. Bernard Parish.
It has always been seen by sportsmen as a pariah. In the 1950s, they recognized that it might change their fishing and hunting habits.
The MRGO was sized for post-World War II Victory Ships. No one knew (or shared) that containerized shipping was looming. Who knew the ships’ wakes, coupled with subsidence and debilitating increased salinity, would widen the MRGO from its original 650 feet to over 2,000 feet? Who knew the 40-mile wide zone of storm surge absorbing salt marsh, so productive for our fisheries, would thin and weaken?
In the absence of disaster, people tend to stay their normal course.
We seem to have several dominant, yet independent, approaches to our lives. If we’re in a profit mode, we tend to protect the status quo and accept the least interruption of our modus operandi – don’t tinker with my good thing. If we’re in a political mode, we don’t think beyond the election cycle, and our myopia enables policy makers their own myopia: to ignore or dissemble hard facts proven by science again and again. And what about forward thinkers? They may be people with their backs against the wall – with options precipitously narrowing – or maybe they’re the rare, special group that judges risk in lives against risk in dollars.
It is worthwhile to reflect on the evolution of coastal science. Sherwood Gagliano, the scientist who first revealed our delta’s geomorphology, measuring and predicting its rate of loss, has observed that before the 1970s, most coastal science focused on the exploitation of natural resources. That continues today, but coastal ecology and restorative sciences now concern themselves in dealing with the waning coastal ecosystem and the post-Macondo blowout response of coastal organisms.
Day-by-day it becomes more apparent that we live in a region where business and political leaders publicly minimize the value of scientific knowledge. At times, the ignored scientific knowledge could arguably have saved people’s lives.
Our documentary, MRGOing, Going, Gone (working title), will premier this fall on WYES-TV, Ch. 12. Begun 10 years ago, our intent was to alert the public – again – about the potential consequences posed to Greater New Orleans by the MRGO. Then, catastrophically, Katrina happened, and we no longer have to foretell that story. The documentary will walk the viewer through pre- and post-Katrina concerns and attitudes of St. Bernard activists and politicians, the Port of New Orleans and its clients, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a bevy of concerned citizens. We attempt to show how the human error argument could continue to exist in spite of a plethora of warnings, while Mother Nature clearly, predictably, suffered.
Armed with the testimony of activists and engineers, some involved for many decades, what’s the potential application for lessons learned about the MRGO as suggested in the documentary?
What is done is done, the MRGO is closed to navigation and the Port of New Orleans currently enjoys record years. We must arm ourselves with the lessons of history to address other chronic challenges along our coast. How do we resolve issues associated with: the Houma Navigation Canal or the Barataria Waterway; reconnecting Bayou LaFourche with the Mississippi River; diversions versus dredging along the river; rerouting the shipping mouth of the river, Morganza to the Gulf levees; and possibly the most difficult of all, connected to all of those challenges, climate change and sea-level rise – topics summarily dismissed by many of our elected leaders.