Or as an impoverished tourist trap.
So says an LA Times article (via eTurbo News). The author goes on to say that New Orleans could rebuild itself similar to Houston, a modern city that emphasizes its infrastructure and support system. Well, of course, it's become glaringly obvious that NOLA's infrastructure needs serious rebuilding. But unlike that article's author, I don't believe it should be done at the expense of preserving its touristic charm—that's what makes the city such a draw for meetings and conventions, which is a huge business the LA Times author seems to disregard. But when visitors to the city bring in $5 million, and 40 percent of that is from meetings, I'd argue that equal care should be taken to keep NOLA the city people want to come to to drop that $5 mil., and not just a cartoonish theme park of what we loved about her before Katrina came along, or just any city, USA.