The buzz in New Orleans last week was centered on a feature in this month’s National Geographic. The story suggests that the city is ultimately doomed and seriously questions the efforts to rebuild. These are fighting words if New Orleans is your home town – no matter how much truth there is to the argument.
I’ve been asked in several e-mails what New Orleans is like right now. It depends on where you are. The tourist areas, which are the oldest parts of the city, look pretty good and have returned to some degree of normalcy. Everywhere else is looking rough. The National Geographic article has some heart-stopping photography.
Summer is a great time to visit the city if you want to do it on the cheap and aren’t afraid to sweat. I stayed at the W Hotel in the French Quarter for $102 last week. During Jazz Fest that room will cost well over $500.