Hard Living In The Big Easy: Housing Costs Push Musicians Out Of New Orleans

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Kijafa Brown is a longshoreman and member of the Washitaw Nation, a New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian tribe.

Jazz vocalist John Boutté feels he can no longer afford to live in his hometown of New Orleans. He's not alone. Rising housing costs are pushing many musicians and service workers — the backbone of New Orleans' tourism economy — further and further outside the city limits. This suburbanization of the working class poses more than an inconvenience: It's fraying the culture of New Orleans and splintering the very neighborhoods that have nurtured the city's music for decades.


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