Bronies — members of an unexpectedly vibrant culture celebrating the animated series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” — will tell you that New Orleans got 20 percent cooler this weekend thanks to DerpyCon South.
Why 20 percent? Because that’s how Rainbow Dash, a character in the Hasbro toy company’s animated series, would describe it. The show has spawned an Internet phenomenon.
Last week a delegation from the Crescent City traveled to Austin, Texas. The idea: to check out how Austin manages its water. Drought-stricken Texas has too little water; New Orleans often has too much. But they have a surprising amount to learn from each other.
When New Orleans was awarded its NFL franchise in 1966, the first person to own the team was John Mecom Jr. – a 26-year-old Houstonian whose father made a fortune in the oil industry. An avid sports fan, John helped shape the team’s identity: he picked out their colors and logos, and even helped move them to the Superdome.
It used to be that most kids went to places called schools to get their education, and in those schools, kids were called students. But in recent years, the vocabulary around schooling — especially in urban areas, and especially when it comes to charter schools — is changing. In New Orleans, where all schools receiving public funding are now charters, we investigate what’s behind this new school language.
I started off with a little experiment. I asked a bunch of adults: where did you go to school?
“I went to Newton Elementary School, Newton High School.”
This week our coastal team is visiting the city of Austin, Texas with a group of New Orleans city officials, including City Council members Susan Guidry and LaToya Cantrell, and representatives from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and the Sewerage and Water Board.
The goal is to learn about how Austin manages its water system, and see if there’s some takeaways as the city of New Orleans tries to create a new water strategy that integrates old and new design.