Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of one of the costliest not to mention deadliest storms to hit U.S. landfall — Hurricane Katrina. To prepare for the occasion last Friday USA Today featured a photo gallery and fairly detailed report on the state of tourism affairs in the grand ole’ city. This being the first summer since the storm hit last year business owners are said to be down 60% compared to last year. Thing is areas like the French Quarter, Garden District, Warehouse and Arts District which made it through the storm much better than other areas are just waiting for tourists to come. If there’s a way to bring the much needed dollars in to help the city blossom again people are going to have to take a trip to the bayou and start sight-seeing.
They’re ready. And I know I’m long overdue. What are you waiting for?
How sooo out of the loop I feel these days trying to get more Americans to walk and exercise! Perhaps I missed a memo that went out, but where and when did our sister site, Blogging New Orleans come around? Seriously? I was scrolling down just to see what has been happening on sister sites across the board when I discovered one I never knew existed!
Anyhow, Blogging New Orleans looks quite up-and-coming and focuses on everything you’d want to know about the city and more. After reading two pages of posts I’ve caught up on some of the latest Katrina updates, the current road conditions, places to dine, places to hang and other Nawlin’s ramblings from Heidi, Kelly, Steve, Henry, Jay and all the rest of the bloggers on deck. If you’re working up a summer time vaca to New Orleans you’ll want to check them out. I’ve already found one place I’d like to visit on my next march through the town – the Audubon Aquarium.
Thanks a mil and welcome!