Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

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Recycling bins are only the beginning: Travel + Leisure readers picked the best cities for earth-friendly perks like solar-powered hotels, bike-powered beer bars, and fabulous recycled fashions. 

No. 20 New Orleans

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New Orleans has been eating local and restoring its treasures well before such practices were cool:  This year it won the survey for cool antique shops, like the legendary M.S. Rau Antiques on Royal Street. For recycled vintage fashions, you can browse the 1940s dresses and ’80s leather jackets at Magazine Street’s Revival Outpost (or you can shop for new, fair trade apparel at nearby Branch Out).  New Orleans also won the survey for its notable restaurants, and one notably local eatery is Purloo—so-named after the Southern concoctions of meat and rice—which just debuted at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. As proof that good times are recyclable, the city also won the survey for its reliably wild weekends. 

Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

No. 20 New Orleans

New Orleans has been eating local and restoring its treasures well before such practices were cool:  This year it won the survey for cool antique shops, like the legendary M.S. Rau Antiques on Royal Street. For recycled vintage fashions, you can browse the 1940s dresses and ’80s leather jackets at Magazine Street’s Revival Outpost (or you can shop for new, fair trade apparel at nearby Branch Out).  New Orleans also won the survey for its notable restaurants, and one notably local eatery is Purloo—so-named after the Southern concoctions of meat and rice—which just debuted at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. As proof that good times are recyclable, the city also won the survey for its reliably wild weekends. 

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