Sure was folks, exactly one week ago there was drama aplenty at the last Bay St Louis City Council meeting. Let’s start with a drive through:
This location must be cursed, rumor holds by an undiscovered poltergeist type of Native American burial ground for all the controversy it has caused. For instance it seems like just yesterday…..
The irony inherent to this whole drive through dust up was not lost on Miss Kathleen Johnson:
“They” did not want canopies and artists down town. The replacement a corporate drive thru they find totally unpalatable. KARMA
Social media has been buzzing and there is talk of an organized boycott of 200 North Beach Restaurant, one of developer Jim MacPhaille’s portfolio of old town properties. The ‘busy-body’ aspect to this latest dust up amuses. See folks, by my reckoning the MacPhaille train left the station several years ago. They’re to the executing phase of things and a PJ’s on those near corner properties will enhance the entire area. Old Town Bay St Louis is changing and the pace of change is quickening. The worse news is the real estate shakeout is not nearly done. The people I speak with whose opinions I value told me years ago the number one issue coming to Old Town was parking. Population density trends there are no where near the peak given the development that is currently on the books not counting what Mr. MacPhaille plans for the old middle school on Second Street. Parking in Old Town Bay St Louis will only get worse.
For the people of color in Ward 3 gentrification is not a new issue. The same people I speak with whose opinions I value indicate that process will not stop until most all the disadvantaged folks are pushed to the other side of Old Spanish Trail. It is simple supply and demand for real estate at play and Bay St Louis, with its enlightened, socially tolerant atmosphere is attracting people who can pay $200/square foot and more for housing. People from New Orleans that know the French Quarter housing starts at $500/square foot also know a bargain when they see it.
As for all the wailing and gnashing of teeth plus drama, I guess there would be less amusing ways to pass the time.
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,