I've been to New Orleans many times and, since one of my children attended LSU, I've also spent some time in Baton Rouge. I've stayed the night here and there along I-10 in cities such as Slidell and Hammond while traveling through, but I don't think I've ever visited one of the smaller cities in Louisiana. I've enjoyed looking at many of your photos of Lafayette, Kerouac. I used to know someone who is now a talk radio host in Lafayette, but I swear back when I knew him I couldn't understand a thing he said.
Thanks for that link, Mick, even though it made me sad. I know that part of the country pretty well, and was shocked at how diminished it is. Really, it's hardly a surprise. My husband used to tell me even back in the '80s about the depredations of the oil industry on Louisiana. Since then we've seen how the wanton clearing of land and trees created straight shots for hurricanes to come in from the Gulf.
Very interesting article with information mostly unknown to people with no links to the region. Unfortunately, like so many other little specks of culture around the world, the majority has absolutely no interest in saving the area or its people. This will probably only get worse in the coming years as the climate becomes more and more vicious (for reasons of which most of us are aware) and the various countries will have to do more to protect 'their own,' which will lead them to ignore insignificant minorities even more.