The Sunday Scapegoat (Late Edition)

The Monteleone v. The Royal Cosmopolitan A quickie on the Preservos’ Ball at the Monteleone, to raise some loot to sue the city to overturn Council’s agreement to the Royal Cosmopolitan Hotel renovation and reconstruction: how merry and gay it must have been, for all its mournful purpose. The women come and go/Talking of Michelangelo . . . In the Continue reading The Sunday Scapegoat (Late Edition)

The Royal Cosmopolitan: Real Preservation Struggles Against Fundamentalist Opposition

I hope this can hit the electronic street in time to help potential donors to the Preservatives’ fundraiser at the Monteleone this evening save their money. That would be a noble result. I will nominate myself for a miniature Pulitzer if it works. A few days ago, the HDLC announced an open visit Wednesday afternoon to the current remains of Continue reading The Royal Cosmopolitan: Real Preservation Struggles Against Fundamentalist Opposition

Attempted Suppression Backfires

A game changer happened last night. “Creatures of the Mist,” published Sunday evening (I hope you all read it!) Is a satire on the some of the latest antics of the French Quarter gentry, the Knights of the Miniature Mind, the obstructionists, building height fundamentalists and their friends, associates, lovers and others of the gray anti-creative obstacles whose lives are Continue reading Attempted Suppression Backfires

The Creatures of the Mist Gather for an Evening of Spells and Curses at the Monteleone

Look at this! A gathering of the Creatures, a springtime coven of New Orleans’ obstructionists, a convention of the questionable, all swarming together in one place! (Don’t tell ISIS. It would be too tempting. Just one big flashbang, and free at last.) Some of the major boils on the butt of progress will gather Thursday to pray for money. They Continue reading The Creatures of the Mist Gather for an Evening of Spells and Curses at the Monteleone

The Business of Government v. The Government of Business

On Facebook this week I saw another dose of claptrap about how the country needs Donald Trump so the country can be run by a proper businessman. A couple of weeks ago, Sidney Torres, addressing French Quarter Management District’s Security Task Force said the French Quarter Task Force (the name similarity is awkward) that he brought to life and at Continue reading The Business of Government v. The Government of Business

French Quarter Security Challenges

French Quarter Management District’s Security Task Force meeting was on fire Tuesday. TV news crews, standing room only in the small room at Antoine’s. The reason: a celebrity appearance by Sidney Torres, high profile garbage entrepreneur and the guy that finally brought the French Quarter Task Force to life. A dispute between Torres and FQMD has been bubbling away on Continue reading French Quarter Security Challenges