Happy New Year! In the latest issue of Lagniappe, we further examine the Mobile Housing Board’s interest in replacing its dilapidated stock with mixed-use, mixed-income developments seen elsewhere across the nation. We take a look at some other mixed-use public housing redevelopments in Tuscaloosa and New Jersey, which provide retail and housing for the middle class. Last month, the board decided to move forward with a $750 million redevelopment plan that may change the perception of public housing. In Bay Briefs, we have more on the proposed lodging tax increase as beneficiaries of county lodging tax proceeds have shifted from initial recipients. We also have a story on the latest cut from city retirees’ health insurance policies. In Cuisine, Pour Baby proves to be a low-key West Mobile hideout, providing a full menu to compliment its extensive wine list. We’ve also got a recipe sure to bring health, wealth and happiness in the New Year. In Artifice, find out why the best gifts ever received cannot be found in a catalog, and in our music feature, meet guitarist Rick Hirsch, who retired from a career of touring to settle into a home and recording studio on the banks of Dog River. Even though Boozie is on “vacay” this week, we have a style feature that may help you get organized and make your life more productive. Thanks for supporting Lagniappe! Let’s keep Mobile even funkier in 2015! LAGNIAPPE IS ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!