On radio today, Glenn and the crew discussed some of the cities in the country that had reputations for crime and corruption. Having criss-crossed the country for live events, tours, and speeches, Glenn was able to offer his unique insight not only on the cities, but on the citizens who thrive and do well there despite economic and societal hardships.
“Scariest city I've ever been to is New Orleans. You know it's really strange because you go out of the city, you go out of, you know ‑‑ you go out of the main city and this may ‑‑ because I didn't get a chance to go there during the day. I only went at night. But you just, there's such a great feeling in New Orleans as far as the people. They're not survivors. They're thrivers. They're not giving up on their city.”
“It's a beautiful city. Just a beautiful, beautiful city. But I saw people, like girls on the streets just strung out, you know, off of Bourbon Street and I thought, all I could see was my daughter. All I could see were my children. And I'm like, what are you doing? You know, it just ‑‑ I wouldn't want to be living on the street there. God forbid you're a girl on the street. What happens to you? What happens to you? I mean, when people are passed out in the street and, you know, laying there in their own vomit, it's a little different even than, you know, some bad sections of New York. That's just a different thing going on.”
“They're great people. There's just, there seems to be two sides of New Orleans: The one that will not give up, the ones who are, you know, the victors, the ones who are like, "No, and I'm not abandoning my town and we're good people" and they stand together and they're ‑‑ I mean, quite honestly you have to be a ‑‑ you have to be a different kind of American in a positive way to be living in New Orleans today.”
Glenn added that the people in New Orleans are really making an effort to reclaim the city from the debauchery and neglect that has sunk it.
“And so if you're living there and you're really trying to be a positive, man, you're a better person than I am. It takes somebody who loves their town, who loves the history of it and isn't going to give up,” Glenn said.