Here, in a somewhat pointillist splatter, are some Twitter perspectives and quotes from David Simon's keynote address at the Rising Tide 6 Conference today at Xavier.
I was in the crowd, and it was incredible to hear Simon say some things that needed to be said - both about the LSU/VA project and the scuffle over the "Treme" row of houses on Derbigny Street. While I disagreed with some of his lump comments about "preservationists" as it related to the Derbigny houses, I think he had some incendiary and eye-opening things to say:
David Simon winning back the audience with some Ad Hominem on city hall/Biomedical district. #RT6
David Simon: "I've got news for you - LSU is NOT the premier medical institution in the South" #Rt6 (But tops in bar fights!)
Now David Simon forecasting doom for LSU/VA project based on John Hopkins' tear downs in East Baltimore #Rt6
Wait. Did Simon actually accuse the Mayor of "a shakedown" to his face? Or was he relating to us his internal monologue #rt6
“@cohenlensnola: #davidsimon is really, really not a fan of the LSU-VA medical center plan.” #RT6
Simon relates Baltimore John Hopkins fiasco to LSU downtown project #rt6
David Simon at Rising Tide talking about the call from @MayorLandrieu re demolitions - "He went batshit" #Rt6
Simon: "He told me that they were doing this and doing that and did I know what a great mayor he was." #rt6
I'd love to be in the room when Landrieu sees this David Simon video. #rt6
Proposal: New Orleans and Baltimore form a dirt field sisterhood. #RT6
Simon deconstructing the fallacy that is holding up Baltimore's (non) development of East Baltimore as an example for cities to emulate #rt6
Inside the Footprint did not ultimately win the Ashley award, but did receive some kind words of honorary mention from Mark Moseley up on the dais.