If this is an attempt at sarcasm, you kind of negated it just from being from Lakeview. My underprivileged children do want and need healthy food in the food desert that is their home. I work in a public school and when they put up a healthy vending machine near my classroom, believe it or not(!), the apple chips and the organic fruit drinks sold out faster than they can keep the machine stocked. The "desperately" poor have some cash for food-- why assume they want the dollar value burger and not the dollar granola bar? If you equate people wanting healthy food with "vegan grocery stores" (do those even exist?), you're just using a hyperbole to discredit the good intentions of this online community. Nice try, smartypants. (Sarcasm intended.)
They (we) are the ones making your (our) city a better place. We are the ones who teach your (our) kids, build your (our) schools, defend and prosecute your (our) laws and crimes, make (your) our food, create your (our) community gardens, care for (your) our sick, fund (your) our city projects and write (wrote) for your (our) paper. The city was a time capsule frozen in an era when black people were kept poor, education was inadequate, government was corrupt--overall dysfunctional. The news footage of Katrina and statistics proved all these to be true. According to Forbes Magazine, New Orleans is one of the cities attracting brain power-- the Old Guard couldn't do it. Oh, and by the way, read "The History of Hip," by John Leland. Jazz music (est. in NOLA) is referenced in the book...oh, in a few chapters. The origin of the word comes from African American vernacular. It also means "informed." Affectations aside-look beyond the ironic mustaches and skinny jeans- and get hip.
Renovation would also create part-time jobs for the neighborhood teens! Do we have to keep it as Circle Food Store? C'mon Rouse's, Breaux Mart, Robert's...step up.