MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6565 posts, RR: 51 Posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2056 times:
It was a beautiful day here...and since it was my first day off in awhile, I had my brother drive me around to take pictures through some interesting neighborhoods of New Orleans. This is just round one.
I ask this question...all things being equal, throwing politics and personal feelings aside...does this seem like a place worth fighting for? Does this seem like a place where people want to live?
I can't help thinking about the possibiliy that in ten/twenty years, this could all be gone. I don't think i'd handle that very well.
1) St.Charles Avenue / Garden Distrct area
Broadway / University area
Mushroom Records...the best record store in the South...maybe the U.S....and a great Crepe place downstairs.
Notre Dame Seminary on Carrolton Ave
Basin Street visitors center...built on the sight of the old Southern Railways terminal.
Esplanade Ave. / Mid City
My aunt used to own a French restaurant in this building back in the 80's...now, it's a coffee shop.
Bayou St. John area...my best friend's grandmother used to live along the shore....must have went there fifty times growing up to go swimming in her pool and to ride a canoe on the bayou...house got 3 feet of water, and is now gutted.
Lakeshore Drive....lots of green space across the street...on weekends two lanes are closed to vehicles so it makes for one big walking/biking/jogging path....
West End / yacht harbors: much works still needs to be done here....dozens of boathouses are still in shambles from the waves which tore everything apart here...boats are still scattered about, although no where near as bad as it was last year...lots of people out and about rebuilding...
The Point...almost like a little island in the middle of the lake...great place to hang out, especially when the waves are rough!
One of my favorite restaurants used to stand on those pilings...
This sailboat used to be in the harbor but the water carried it a few hundred yards and deposited it in this small pond in West End Park.
You can see the high water line on the garage door if you look close enough...
Drainage canals weave like snakes through the suburbs...some are just glorified ditches, while some (such as this one) look like mini rivers.
Kenner / Laketown. The lighthouse below is really a concession stand and is open during the Summer. This is an area called Laketown which has a casino, boat launch, park...and there was was an excellent fishing pier here, which is no more...screw you, Katrina....
New Orleans is one of this country's most historically significant cities - definitely one of the most historically unique ---
Agree with the above sentiments. However, that doesn't mean that there are large areas of the city that aren't nearly as nice as the sections of the city you've highlighted. But that isn't the issue - how significant or insignificant New Orleans is. I freely admit there are parts of the Big Easy that are breathtaking. Looking at your photos brought back wonderful memories.
The issue is, can we economically reverse the efforts of the last 80 years of public works "improvements" that have created the cauldron that is current south Louisiana. I don't believe we can - and I believe the death knell of New Orleans was sealed when the MRGO was dug - and that was over 30 years ago.....
Waterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1875 times:
Hey Tristar, thanks for the photos! I've been here at Tulane for 3 years now and I haven't had a chance to get out to a few of the places you took pics of, like the lakeshore and alot of mid city... You were about 2 blocks from my dorm when you took those pics of the mushroom and the frat houses on broadway, I was wandering around over there so you probably almost ran me over Another great area that you missed is the levee/"fly", my favorite spot to go on days like today and yesterday with my friends to play some football and look at the college girls in bikinis... here's a couple pics I took when we had classes cancelled after those tornados a few weeks back-
Lowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 1867 times:
Nice shots and beautiful architechture. But the question of worth you raise is a good one. We could spend untold sums money trying to protect the areas at and below sea level, or we could spend the same money to provide incentives for people to move to safer, more practical areas. I think the second option will provide a greater benefit and allow for more growth in the future. New Orleans is a nice place with a lot of history, but I think the most practical solution is to sacrifice some now in order for it to have a future. A few comparisons have been made to The Netherlands, but I don't think they are accurate because there is not a shortage of of space in Louisiana. As much as I love history, I think this is a case of not being able to have the cake and eat it too.
SpinalTap From New Zealand, joined Mar 2005, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 15 hours ago) and read 1837 times:
Great Pics, I loved New Orleans when I visited for a conference in 2004. I loved the grand houses on St Charles Ave but unfortunately could only see them after sunset (I got lost when I got off the tram I had to walk somewhere I perceived as pretty dodgy after dark near the superdome back to my hotel!). French quarter was great too.
The only problem was I was staying in the New Orleans "Grand Palace" on Canal St which was the cheapest hotel in town it was a dump, when I read later that it was temporarily closed with a rat infestation I wasn't surprised.
"I get what they call a stipend, a stipend is like money but its such as small amount they don't really call it money"
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6565 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 14 hours ago) and read 1817 times:
Quoting SpinalTap (Reply 16): The only problem was I was staying in the New Orleans "Grand Palace" on Canal St which was the cheapest hotel in town it was a dump, when I read later that it was temporarily closed with a rat infestation I wasn't surprised.
That place was always voted as the worst "major" hotel in the city. I'm not sorry to see it closed, as I never heard any good reviews of the place. It was actually pretty decent back in the 70's/80's, but it changed several owners in the 90's and fell into a state of disrepair.
Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 13): Steve you are an inspiration for others with your love of your home town.
Tokyo is an impressive city above ground, but one of the most incredible things about this city is it's mind-bogglingly complex underground. The G-Cans Project is a massive project, begun 12 years ago, to build infrastructure for preventing overflow of the major rivers and waterways spidering the city (A serious problem for Tokyo during rainy-season and typhoon season). The underground waterway is the largest in the world and sports five 32m diameter, 65m deep concrete containment silos which are connected by 64 kilometers of tunnel sitting 50 meters beneath the surface.
The whole system is powered by 14000 horsepower turbines which can pump 200 tons of water a second into the large outlying edogawa river