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Hurricane Katrina Wasn’t As Bad As This

According to WWL, the local CBS affiliate here in New Orleans, New Orleans has already experienced 112 murders this year. At this time last year the number was 78, so our rate is rising exponentially.

Murders in NOLA

As I looked at the map they released earlier this week I noticed that none have occurred in my neighborhood, but it’s sad and scary to think about how many people are facing tragic losses in this little city.

When I left New York I considered it “home,” but now I feel at home in New Orleans. I’m just not sure it’s a good idea to live in a place that is so riddled with crime. We’re talking about murders now, and the numbers are astronomical, but robberies and non-fatal attacks are on the rise as well. It makes me wonder about the state of the city.

You can’t spend a day among people in New Orleans without hearing about how awful Hurricane Katrina was. I didn’t live here at the time, but my family did. The city, which is widely known for its resilience, was able to rebuild, heal and grow. The hurricane was devastating, but it ended.

Crime never stops, and it’s much worse than anywhere else I’ve lived. When a hurricane is coming we can prepare for that, but no one is adequately prepared to lose a family member or a friend to violence. I wasn’t prepared when a gun was pointed in my face a couple of months ago.

New Orleans has the opportunity to thrive, but people like me will be forced to find a new place to grow if the crime rates continue to rise. I love this city, but I value my life and my safety more.

When I chatted with Senator Bernie Sanders last week before his rally, we discussed gun control. (I talked about it here,) but stricter gun laws won’t fix the problem. Instant background checks isn’t the answer either, though I support that.

I wish I had an easy answer, but I don’t. No one does, but I think it’s important to pay attention to who’s being appointed and who we’re electing, particularly at a local level because that’s where change is most likely to happen.

What is crime like where you live? Do you fear for your safety in your community?

Friend Makin’ Mondays: My Community

I’m sitting on a beautiful swing in City Park as I write this, and I’m captivated by beauty that I didn’t know existed here.

City Park After Dark New Orleans

Being surrounded by fountains and palm trees in a place that was flooded and broken several years prior makes me wonder what your community is like.

friend makin mondays

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My Community

1. Where were you born? Did you grow up there? I was born in Louisiana, but we moved away when I was 5 or 6 years old. I live here now, but I lived in several other places first.

2. Tell us about your favorite spot in your city.  I’m content wherever my friends are. Im also quite happy to be on my rooftop in the pool.

3. Do you volunteer for any organizations? If so, will you tell us about it? I do, but I’d like to do more.

4. Tell us about your favorite local restaurant. New Orleans is filled with amazing restaurants.  My favorite, which I may have mentioned lately, is Domenica. I also love Palace Cafe.

5. Has your city ever experienced tragedy?  If so, how did it recover? I didn’t live here during Hurricane Katrina, but my mom was affected. It’s hard to imagine that my neighborhood was under water at that time.

6. Share at least one unique thing about your neighborhood. There are streetcars all over my neighborhood, but I’ve never been on one. I’ll try to change that soon.

New Orleans Street Car

7. If you could do one small thing to change your community, what would you do? New Orleans has experienced so many positive changes over the last few years, and I hope to contribute by starting my own little business.

8. The Powerball is currently up to 400 million dollars. Would you move to a different place if you won? I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I’d stick around New Orleans for a little while.  I’d buy an apartment in Manhattan too, but I wouldn’t be in a rush to leave my family, friends, school and the life I’ve built here over the last (almost) year.

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