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Monday, April 11, 2011

Preservation reaps benefits: A letter to the editor

From the Times Picayune
Published: Monday, April 11, 2011, 1:59 AM

If you believe in "teachable moments," then one is certainly going on right here, right now. It has to do with economic development.

The Times-Picayune recently reported on the woes of District E Councilmember Jon Johnson, who can't get a decent grocery store to move into his modern suburban-style district.

Meanwhile across town on old timey Magazine Street, his District A counterpart Susan Guidry is busy quelling a pitched battle between salivating developers and nearby residents over a big-box Walgreens and an expansion of Whole Foods' hours and deliveries.

The lesson here? Preservation is apparently good for business.
Homework assignment for city leaders: zealously revive and protect your old neighborhoods.

Owen Joyner
New Orleans

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