Washington Post: Life Around Dupont Circle Takes a New Turn
One of my greatest fears concerning the future of our neighborhood/local commercial districts/corridors such as the Vieux Carre Royal/Decatur Streets, Faubourg Marigny Frenchman Street, Lower Garden District Magazine Street, Garden District/Irish Channel Magazine Street, Jefferson City Magazine Street, Carrollton Maple and Oak Streets, and Mid-City North Carrollton Avenue is the transformation from being home to mostly locally-owned businesses to the location of primarily national, traditionally suburban or mall retail chain stores. I had this concern before KTMB, but even more so post-KTMB and given the alledged "pro-business" stance of OUR MAYOR (tm), I think there is reason for concern. These often-time long established, locally-owned and operated businesses play a significant role in the unique character of New Orleans. Once we lose such businesses, they are gone--and we take another step towards becoming Non Orleans, otherwise known as Dallas. No, thanks.
Here's what's happening in the Dupont Circle area in Washington, DC--exactly what I don't think we want to happen in New Orleans . . . . Notice how one of the local merchants believes "the beginning of the end" for Dupont Circle started as soon as Starbucks deemed the neighborhood--and it's demographics--worthy of their latte.
TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Local Business, Vieux Carre, Urban Planning