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
We’ve been here in New Orleans for 300 years. We wouldn’t still be here if we didn’t have the ability to adapt. But we don’t like change. We still reminisce about long-closed drugstores, bakeries, and supermarkets. And, 300 years later, we’re still on the brink of flooding when it rains for an hour.
The Urban Conservancy is on both sides of this street. They want to keep things as they are, and they want change. They want you to support your local small retailer, and they want you to bust up the concrete in your yard and make a garden to help stop street flooding.
Dana Eness is the Executive Director of The Urban Conservancy.
Seamus McGuire is an architect whose company, Cicada, is all about new buildings and new technology. They have a fleet of drones – that they use for architectural photos, videos, 3D scanning, and mapping. And they do 3D printing. At the same time, Cicada is dedicated to keeping the new New Orleans blending with the old.
For both The Urban Conservancy and Cicada, the central question is, How do you get tradition and change to be in balance, rather than conflict?