I have my Google Reader set to catch anything “New Orleans” that comes up in the news and this evening this title grabbed my attention: “The New New Orleans”. And I’m thinking, did I just time travel back to 2006-2007? I haven’t heard or seen that phrase in a long time, thank the goddess. Why do I say that? Because we have moved way beyond that temporary post-Katrina phrase. New Orleans will never be “new”. The whole mystique of this city is that it’s old, it’s timeless, it’s unique. Houston is new. Nola is not nor ever will be. The Federal Flood didn’t wash away our culture or our spirit. No, it strengthened us into steel resolve. This city has been here for centuries, has seen more than one hurricane, has lived under multiple flags and it has endured. It’s seen plague, war and Jim Crow and it has persevered.
Just as “the new normal” has passed into the lexicon of history, so has “the new New Orleans”. Dig it.