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
A few years ago, our biggest housing problem in New Orleans was abandoned houses and blight. Today our biggest problems are gentrification and soaring rents. In an over-all economic sense, they’re better problems to have. But if housing is your personal problem, or your business is affected, the betterment of the overall economy is not so attractive.
Peter Ricchiuti's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch today are both in the middle of this fast-moving stream.
Simone Bruni Crouere started out as the Joan of Arc of post Katrina New Orleans. You knew her from her pink dumpsters and her company name, Demo Diva.
Jonathan Leit moved to New Orleans from New York to spearhead a community property development company called Alembic Community Development. Alembic made significant contributions to developing properties that helped preserve communities.
So, now that we’re the victims of our own recovery success, what happens next? Simone Bruni Crouere and Jonathan Leit have some answers.