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new orleans tourismNew Orleans has made a population recovery since Hurricane Katrina.

According to new information provided by Michael Hecht of GNO Inc, the city is leading the country in population growth over the past five years, with 46% of that increase coming from Latin America.

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hecht imageNew Orleans and the River Region has witnessed many changes since Hurricane Katrina disrupted life, for far too many in late August 2005.

 

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CRIME SCENEIn the city of Chicago, 2016 was a very violent year with 762 murders and 3,550 shooting incidents. The national media regularly covered Chicago’s rising murder rate, the city’s largest increase in 60 years. Even President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted that the “Chicago murder rate is record setting - 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!” 

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This past week proved to be an especially terrifying one in New Orleans.  Not only did we have to bear the international embarrassment of a mass shooting on Bourbon Street during the Bayou Classic celebration, we also had an incident were four people were shot with over fifty-seven bullet casings found at the crime scene. nbsp;Violence in America has transitioned from what was once singular homicides where an individual shoots another to what has become neighborhood carnage with multiple shooters strafing communities with semi-automatic weapons equipped with extended clips.

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crimeThe headlines resounded across the front page of both New Orleans’ daily newspapers. “AN UNCONSCIONABLE ACT” blared the New Orleans Advocate.  “IT WAS PANIC,” shouted The Times Picayune.  Bullets were flying all over Bourbon Street as a visiting Baton Rouge man was killed and 10 others were injured.  And the continuing tragic news is that 42 people were shot in the Crescent City in the previous 10 days alone. 

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trump clintonIn this corner weighing heavy baggage, is Hillary Clinton. And in that corner, also weighing heavy baggage, is Donald Trump.

Clinton vs. Trump.

 

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BATON ROUGE SKYA new survey by Wallet Hub reflects what many of us are hearing as the Presidential candidates try to attract voters.

The rust-belt for the most part, are suffering with population growth, while those that are warmer, sunnier, (with exceptions) are doing better. 

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tourism dayIf you want to have fun, come to New Orleans.  If you want to do business, come to Louisiana.

New Orleans was just ranked as the 4th most fun city in the United States.  Louisiana has received the #5th rank from Area Development, dropping from 8th place.

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hotelThe historic headquarters of the former New Orleans Public Service, Inc., (NOPSI) is being reinvented as a luxury 217-room hotel called NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans.

Located in the city’s vibrant Central Business District on the corner of Baronne and Union streets, the nine-story brick building originally opened in 1927. It will reopen as NOPSI Hotel in spring 2017 after a meticulous restoration returns each space to its previous splendor, including the building’s street facades, cast iron rails and stone panels.

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katrina raceEleven years ago, today, Hurricane Katrina changed all of us.

I was holed up in Florida, in a state of shock, wondering if South Louisiana and particularly New Orleans would ever return from the dead and the drowned.

Today, many throughout the Baton Rouge region look to the skies, surely wondering the same.

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