Alright, so I spend the past two weekends getting totally obliterated (read: drinking way too much margaritas and smoking way too much weed) with friends and basically slumming around Baton Rouge.
And I've noticed a few things, that are, well obvious, but the impact cant be realized unless you've been there.
New Orleans, as much as it is coming back, is still a ghost town...a shell of its former self.
Hammond has the busiest walmart in the continential US (Or at least thats the news filtered through mom from something she read).
And Baton Rouge has exploded in size and if we're not careful will soon swallow Denim Springs. Construction that has been going slowly for the past 5 years is suddenly finished plus traffic flow on several streets has changed (for the better). Where I use to live (which is the same area where my friends are living now) use to be quiet and out of the way...the edge of town. Now since the middle of Sept when I moved, its practically the center of the city.
The face of the state has changed.
My only question is, do I try to stay and watch a corrupt government attempt to patch together a city and culture that has been practically wiped out. And still call it home, though it will never be the same.
Or do I walk away and close that door. And picture myself, and old school new orleans goth, dressed the part walking to work in some other city?