Tourism is expected to decline a good deal. There's a big rush to get hotels back on line but even so, the city is not going to be presentable for a minimum of 12-to-18 months.
Starting next week I'm going to be put to gainful use over here in Houston, holiday's over. We just rented an apartment near University and Kirby. Calling around to business contacts, I heard that the preliminary projections are that the New Orleans metro area will lose 250,000 to 300,000 population permanently and about 30% of businesses (the smallest and weakest, of course) aren't expected to reopen.
A lot of New Orleans neighborhood joints fall into this category, so we may very well see major permanent changes in how we eat out in New Orleans.
Our corporate people in California are most afraid about the Saints leaving, they're our single biggest local account and our big wigs think they will unless the NFL comes up with some sort of subsidy.
Obviously,the state's ability to cover even greater shortfalls in the hotel-motel tax is even less than it was before.
Frank's family's places on the Gulfoast - Waveland and Pass Christian - are wiped off the face of the earth.
A friend who lived in Diamond Head went by Frank Sr. and Mama Gina's place in Waveland and says you can't even tell where it is.
We did get together at El Hildeguense with a bunch of New Orleanians and they were properly impressed with authentic barrio Mex-Mex.
One of our friends (she eloped with a chef last summer)
visited their house, which did not flood and is only a few blocks from ours (we also had no flooding), earlier this week and found everything already starting to mildew.
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