Despite what I wrote a few days ago, and particularly in light of the heartfelt feedback I received, I wanted to make one thing clear:
We are staying in New Orleans. For now.
We have too much invested here, and I don’t mean just the financial investment in our home. There is still the glimmer of hope for a better city, however dim it may be at the moment. Plus, running away isn’t our style, and I say that with no acrimony toward the many who have departed already.
Also there’s the question: Where else would we go anyway? There’s no place in the United States that is beckoning to me. There’s no place outside the United States that appeals to Xy. New Orleans has turned out to be a reasonable compromise for our divergent desires.
So we are staying here. For now.
But we won’t go down with the ship. If we don’t see substantial improvement over the next year, particularly in the area of violent crime, we’ll seriously contemplate making some changes.
New Orleans, this is your last chance!
(Sorry. I couldn’t resist.)
In the meantime, we will do all that we can to make ensure the city does improve. I invite you to join in this effort in whatever way you can.