"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

French Quarter Advocates

Location: New Orleans, LA

Website: fqanola.org

Vision Statement:

Sensible, Systemic and Sustainable Solutions!

The Mission Statement:

To protect the French Quarter as a working neighborhood with an inclusive and diverse residential and commercial population while preserving its unique culture, architectural integrity and music heritage. The French Quarter Advocates-New Orleans, became a reality on April 4, 2014 when a group of concerned residents and business owners felt the French Quarter did not have an organization that accurately represented the views and opinions of the majority of the people who live and work in the French Quarter.

It was determined from very beginning, in order to truthfully represent a neighborhood you would have to get the opinions of the people you speak for. It will be the policy of the French Quarter Advocates to poll all members to determine the collective opinion of the organization Membership is open to anyone who supports the well-being of the French Quarter.

Monthly and Quarterly meetings will be open to anyone wishing to attend. Consensus decision making with a Board that does not dictate but guides, encourages, and supports the committees and members. The purpose of the organization it to promote:

- Solution based committees who develop working relationships with City officials, residents, business, and tourism leaders.

- Committees that address Public Safety: Zoning and Land use; Infrastructure: Legislation; Economic development and Cultural Outreach/Diversity.

- Social Events to foster camaraderie amongst neighbors, business entities,and government officials.

- Neighborhood projects for the betterment of all.

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