A Boost to New Orleans Music and Culture

Nope, I’m not talking about what the Saints accomplished last night in the Super Bowl, although here’s a belated congratulations to the team and to the city that so needed this win, and the warmth of the national spotlight.

More importantly, New Orleans has just elected a new mayor, Mitch Landrieu.

Among other things, his victory signals an end to the reign of the divisive, frequently incompetent (and term-limited) Ray Nagin, who too often seemed focused on how the job could serve his career, rather than what he could do to rebuild the city, post-Katrina. Maybe that categorization is unfair, but that’s how things looked from a distance.

Landrieu, who takes office May 6 (the Monday after the second weekend of Jazz Fest) reportedly had support from black and white voters alike.

As lieutenant governor of Louisiana, he has been a huge booster of the arts/music culture of New Orleans. There’s every reason to expect that his support will be trebled.

The Times-Picayune story on Landrieu’s win is here. To read the New York Times piece on the election, click here.

From the NY Times story: “Riding a wave of discontent with political corruption, high crime rates and the slow pace of the city’s recovery, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu was elected mayor of this city by a landslide on Saturday, the first white man to hold the position since his father, Moon Landrieu, left office in 1978.”


  1. I think New Orleans is kind of a packaged deal in that regard. I was at a “Saints” bar in the city, and music, new orleans, and football all were one in the same. I think it’s an expression of culture overall.

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