Out to Lunch

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Photo by Rick Lineberger

The Economy of Crime August 17, 2017

The difference between successful people and the rest of us is that when successful people have an idea they don’t just say “Wouldn’t it be great if somebody did X, Y or Z,” they do it. Like Sidney Torres IV.While most of us complained for years about the putrid smell in the French Quarter, Sidney started a sanitation company and cleaned it up. 

Sidney Torres IV

While we’re all complaining about crime, Sidney has created and an app-based community policing system, the French Quarter Task Force. And he's proven that it works. Sidney Torres joins Peter on this edition of Out to Lunch.

Aimee Adatto Freeman

Aimee Adatto Freeman is a member of the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation. The foundation works with business leaders and the city to break the cycle of crime.

Living in fear affects the psyche of citizens. It impacts our tourist economy. And it threatens the future of the newly resurgent and optimistic local economy.  

Aimee Adatto Freeman, Sidney Torres IV, Peter Ricchiuti

On Out to Lunch,Peter Ricchiutti leads a frank conversation about the business approach to solving New Orleans’ issues with crime.

Photos at Commander's Palace by Alison Moon.

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