The Nola Files

Doing Good - Featuring the great organizations we have had the pleasure to work with, those of us helping New Orleans tackle it's many issues / Curious Tourist - Some common questions about the city we hear from visitors / Interviews - Our chance to talk to interesting follks in hte community / The Index - This is a rolling A-Z of topics that have shaped the city / The Dirt - Our own ramblings, experiences and opinions

Maurice Carlos Ruffin - Dirty Coast

Maurice Carlos Ruffin

We had a chance to sit down and talk to Maurice about his new book, his research approach and what he would do if he was mayor. Maurice Carlos Ruffin is a New Orleans native and is the autho...

InterviewsJessica Dandridge - Dirty Coast

Jessica Dandridge

Jessica Dandridge works with the Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans and is a New Orleans native. We wanted to speak with her about the challenges faced in Louisiana with coastal restoration...

InterviewsDesi Anderson - Dirty Coast

Desi Anderson

Desi Anderson has made it her career to master the art of gumbo. She travels the world sharing that dish and her Creole background with long tables of happy guests. She sat down for a chat with Bla...

InterviewsShawn Elle Montgomery - Dirty Coast

Shawn Elle Montgomery

Shawn Elle Montgomery is a digital maven and queen of all trades within the world of marketing and storytelling. Blake had a chance to talk with her about her roots in Marrero and how she built her...

InterviewsKellie Talbot - Dirty Coast

Kellie Talbot

Kellie Talbot is one of our favorite painters and we are happy to share and sell some of her work on out site and in our shops. We first discovered her work on Instagram and were blown away with t...

Andrea Chen

How has the landscape changed over the past few years in regards to community organizations and start-ups supporting neighborhoods and the environment?  What should someone add to their bucket l...

InterviewsElijah Bradshaw - Dirty Coast

Elijah Bradshaw

You would be hard-pressed to find a better guide to the city than Elijah. He knows where to find the right dish, drink and spot on any given day of night.

InterviewsWeston McWhorter - Dirty Coast

Weston McWhorter

Wes has been a leading voice in the local design space here ever since he moved to town. Now he is the founder of Rouler and is fostering a community with a passion for cycling.

InterviewsZack Smith - Dirty Coast

Zack Smith

Zack Smith is one of those few insider friends who helped to form the idea around Dirty Coast before we launched. He is now a respected educator, great photographer and musician. 

InterviewsMaurice Ruffin - Dirty Coast

Maurice Ruffin

I was born a writer, but didn't get my work into the world until recently. Also, the two are not mutually exclusive. Contrary to popular belief. . .

InterviewsMarci Schramm - Dirty Coast

Marci Schramm

Doing Mardi Gras like a local, an evening on Frenchmen Street, Chaz Fest, doing a lap walking in Audubon Park with friends (and cocktails if it's . . .

InterviewsVera Lester - Dirty Coast

Vera Lester

Vera is like a great jazz song. She evolves and changes her path often but always has a solid core you see threaded through all she does. Her involvement . . . 

The Journal

Here we share things we find interesting about New Orleans and the Gulf South, organizations and people that deserve more attention and answer some questions about the area.

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