To my own surprise, I find that New Orleans appeals to me as a place to live and work, Yankee that I am. I do have tons of family there, so that's part of it. But also, the stylishness-yet-informality, loquacity, humor and baroqueness of both culture and daily life in New Orleans sit well with me. I can breathe there.
I don't think I'll be relocating to New Orleans any time soon, but if I can spend weeks or months there on film or stage gigs, I will.