It's a siren... out in the water, people who hear it can't stay away. Many voices sing, it is all the voices together calling... Maybe it's the art... or the music... or the food and drink... or the smell... or the river... so many other things. The stories too... even if you don't know them or hear them, you feel it and taste of it. Lots of places are amazing or have appeal to people. None of them have so many other spirits... living and dead... to suck everyone in the way nola can. Whatever you are... whatever you love... whatever you want to be... here it is.
I like your picture. See the clock? I know it's always ticking... in nola, that doesn't matter. Ever tick is a thousand heartbeats because of all the people who can't help falling in love. I don't mean to get all poetic. Can't help it... nola is.
Edit: People who hate it are afraid of themselves... they come face to face with themselves here and realize maybe they're more human than they thought. Tends to be the people get all superior that don't like it... like nola is basal and human and they're not. We show them their own humanity... needs and loves. Those things aren't wrong... they're liberating... some don't want that. Could be I'm wrong... I don't think so.
(sorry it took me a while to see this... i hadn't visited hubpages lately.)