For outsiders New Orleans was a place to party and eat food that is way too rich. For the folks who live there it's more complicated - it's home. Eighty-five percent of them were born there, and they're not going anywhere permanently, so forget this idea they're going to move the city somewhere else. It's not going to happen. New Orleans is the opposite of America, and we must hold onto places that are the opposite of us. New Orleans is not fast or energetic or efficient, not a go-get-'em Calvinist well-ordered city. It's slow, lazy, sleepy, sweaty, hot, wet, lazy and exotic.Ann Rice:
I know that New Orleans will win its fight in the end. I was born in the city and lived there for many years. It shaped who and what I am. Never have I experienced a place where people knew more about love, about family, about loyalty and about getting along than the people of New Orleans. It is perhaps their very gentleness that gives them their endurance. They will rebuild as they have after storms of the past; and they will stay in New Orleans because it is where they have always lived, where their mothers and their fathers lived, where their churches were built by their ancestors, where their family graves carry names that go back 200 years. They will stay in New Orleans where they can enjoy a sweetness of family life that other communities lost long ago.Andrew Schwartz:
It is hard to imagine that there will be music streaming forth from the Crescent City again anytime soon. It may not be possible to rebuild New Orleans the way it was, or even at all. But if the musicians of New Orleans have anything to say about it, and they will, bets are that a joyful noise will ultimately cut right through the muck. New Orleans musicians have been a source of great civic pride and entertainment for the city and the world. The city is the New Orleans musicians' muse, the place where they could perform in historic clubs any night of the week. Without the city, the rich musical traditions that first coalesced in Congo Square are in jeopardy of disappearing forever. Let's hope that one day the indomitable citizens of New Orleans and their musical community can return and start parading once again through dry streets.