Besides the fact it's got great food and great music (world class in both cases), it's also home to a creative population of free thinking people who is very good at seeing through the BS of the US consensus reality.
In the first video, painter and musician Tony Green talks about the direction he believes the country is headed
In the second video, a street publisher spreads his vision of Obama.
The third video documents something called the Jazz Funeral for Democracy, a spectacle that took place before the federal levee failures that devastated the city in 2005.
No wonder Bush and Rove let the city drown.
But it's back.
If you're looking for a warm place to visit this winter, I can't recommend a better place to go.