Tom Piazza,author of 'Why New Orleans Matters,' was online to discuss the indispensable history and culture of his quintessentially American city."New Orleans is a city of elegance, beauty, and refinement," Tom Piazza writes in 'Why New Orleans Matters.' "[But] it is also a city of violence, poor education, and such extreme poverty you'd have to see it to believe it."Nevertheless, he maintains that the people of New Orleans, who have spun a culture out of their lives that has been recognized around the world as a transforming spiritual force, are not dispensable. And any scenario of a rebuilt New Orleans that does not find a way to welcome them back and make jobs and a new life for them, he asserts, will be an
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