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Savor the Flavor of Faubourg St. John

Savor the Flavor of Faubourg St. John

artwork by Jane Hill Sometimes, it’s important to simply enjoy what you’ve got. “I ARISE IN THE MORNING TORN between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world,” wrote the essayist E.B. White, “This makes it hard to plan the day.” Ah, that’s the dilemma. You live in a nice place. But it could be nicer—if only the park were fixed up or the traffic slowed down, if the … Read entire article »

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Walk for a Better Neighborhood

Walk for a Better Neighborhood

The Latin custom of an evening walk is good for your health and for the vitality of your neighborhood WE ALL KNOW THAT WALKING IS GOOD FOR US. It sheds calories, tones muscles, and clears our minds. But taking a regular walk is also beneficial for your neighborhood. This basic human instinct—to get out of the house to see what’s going on—is the glue that holds most great communities together. The classic example are the Latin lands … Read entire article »

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Local Businesses Provide More Than Just Goods

Local Businesses Provide More Than Just Goods

The old phrase “use it or lose it” applies especially to neighborhood businesses LIVING IN A NEIGHBORHOOD—even the swankiest one—with no grocery, coffee shop or other businesses is like wearing a nice new suit of clothes without shoes. It looks great, but you’ve got no place to go. Local shops, preferably within walking distance, are the soul of any community, the place where you bump into your neighbors and get that satisfying sense of belonging. These … Read entire article »

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Traffic Calming

Traffic Calming

 How a Dutch neighborhood pioneered an innovation now sweeping the globe  TRAFFIC CALMING HAS SWEPT THE WORLD over the past 20 years. It’s based on the rather simple idea that cars and trucks don’t have exclusive ownership of our streets. Streets are shared public space also belonging to people on foot and bicycles, in baby strollers and wheelchairs. Reminding motorists of this fact, traffic calming uses design features such as narrowing roads or elevating crosswalks to … Read entire article »

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Living Well on Easter

Living Well on Easter

by Vivian Cahn Reprinted from the April, 1994 edition of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association newsletter. Easter is this Sunday and with it the herald of spring. This marks the beginning of a mass exodus by Orleanians to the Gulf Coast or other spots for sun and fun. What’s changed about this seasonal rite is a new awareness regarding the potential hazards of spending days in the sun. On the beach you will see lots … Read entire article »

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Living Well

Living Well

by Vivian Cahn Excerpt reprinted from the April, 2001 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association newsletter. Spring is here! In New Orleans there’s nothing subtle about the transformation of seasons. There’s no delicate green bud rising from the frosty ground. Suddenly there’s lots of sunshine, birds singing, greenery, and lawnmowers. It’s pretty impossible to remain indoors during this time of year. In our neighborhood of avid gardners, everyone is crouching over their gardens … Read entire article »

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