Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Bar That Even Katrina Couldn't Close

Here's a good story from New Orleans. Johnny White's is a small hole in the wall bar on Bourbon street that never closed, not even during the storm. When the state police came to order them out a few days after the storm they said "hell no!"

"You've got to have someplace open, even during the worst of times," said owner JD Landrum.
Now that's the kind of spirit that will bring back towns from even the worst of disasters. As someone who has lived through disasters in a community (Hurricane Rita in my case) I can tell you that you don't dare rely on the government to rebuild a community. You get in there and do it yourself. Cities are made of people, not government employees.

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