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Prior to 2012, various concession stands operated at the Casino Building in City Park. None of them were very popular with park patrons.

All of that changed in 2012, when Morning Call Coffee Stand began operations as a 24/7 beignet parlor. Morning Call literally transformed the area, attracting a robust business and bringing people back to City Park.

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The Times Picayune reported last week that the New Orleans Saints may ask the state to pay for a $350 million upgrade to the Superdome before the 2024 Super bowl. That’s a huge taxpayer commitment for a state that can’t even fund education at all levels and basic healthcare for hundreds of thousands of its citizens.  So how should any upgrade be paid for?

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chelseaWhat can cities, such as San Diego and New Orleans, do to ensure they are being sufficiently innovative for the future, while at the same time, taking care of their citizens now? What must they do?

In many respects, that seems to be the thrust of the efforts being made by Chelsea Collier, founder of Digi.City, who was in New Orleans this week and who sponsored a program involving city officials, the private sector and young entrepreneurs.

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FUTURE SHOCKED 5Forgive me, but, I think I’m coming down with a bad case of Future Shock. At least, after discussing technology and digital cities with Chelsea Collier, the founder of Digi.City, I am somewhat in awe as to how far along the way other cities and countries are in making themselves smarter, more efficient, more Internet driven.

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punch 16It’s SWEET 16 and anniversary time for Politics with a Punch, a New Orleans favorite.

Sixteen years ago, Jeff Crouere and Bayoubuzz Publisher Stephen Sabludowsky launched what has become a wildly successful impromptu political comedy show. For their 16 year anniversary show, this Thursday, May 24,  appearing will be some of Punch’s favorite panelists and a couple of newbies gracing the Eiffel Society stage:

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mitch confed2Prior to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu making Confederate monuments the signature issue of his second term, there was no controversy. New Orleans citizens of all races rarely mentioned the Confederate statues and the Mayor did not include the issue in the platform for his re-election.

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collision trump trudeauHonestly, I felt knifed in the heart; Not in the back.

Which describes my emotions while listening to Paddy Cosgrave, the founder and CEO of Collision Conference.  At a press conference yesterday, the young international businessman explained his reasons for moving his fantastic technology-entrepreneurship-industry event from New Orleans to Toronto, and from the United States to Canada.

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Jazz Fest in New Orleans, over the past three years is where technology, business, entrepreneurship, music and food have collided thanks to a fast-growing mega-event called Collision Conference. This week, starting the second week of the world-renown New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival--the sights, the sounds, the tastes, the big names and the great ideas once again converge upon the place where the BIG EASY intersects with SILICON BAYOU. And for the third straight year, I have had the opportunity to engage in a video interview with the coordinator of communications for this great event, Mike Harvey. Thankfully, including his promoting Vice President Al Gore heading the star-studded stage of speakers, Harvey had much of which to be excited.

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port nolaThe Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) honored the top 10 shippers and ocean carriers that have contributed to Port NOLA’s success over the years during the 10th anniversary of the Cargo Connections Conference (CCC) on Monday, April 9, 2018.

“The Port of New Orleans values our relationships with all of our customers,” said Brandy D. Christian, Port of New Orleans President and CEO. “We are proud to recognize our partners who play vital roles in supporting Port NOLA’s success as a global gateway.”

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crouere mitch bye 2The second term of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will thankfully come to an end on Monday May 7 and it cannot get here soon enough. There is not an overwhelming desire for the new Mayor to take office, instead it is a powerful yearning for self-serving Mitch Landrieu to leave.  As evidence, please visit www.RingsidePolitics.comand see the failing grades being given to the Mayor in our online poll.

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