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New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:09 pm

These are some shots of downtown New Orleans that I took today on my way to and during a free "Wednesday at the Square" concert at Lafayette Square in the Central Business District. I've always thought New Orleans has an underrrated skyline. Urban density at its finest!

1) Driving down Poydras Street (tallest building in the city, One Shell Square, is on the left)
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0065.jpg

2) The beautiful and historic La Pavillon hotel

3) Further down Poydras...you can see the W hotel (one of two in the city) on the left.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0068.jpg

4) 909 Poydras Street (481 feet tall)
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0066.jpg

5) 47-story Sheraton hotel standing proudly behind the Queen and Crescent hotel.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0069.jpg

6) Looking down on Lafayette Square from the 9th floor parking level at Poydras Center...you can see the 12-story 625 St.Charles condos in the background and behind that the 45 story "Crescent City Towers" condo conversion.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0071.jpg

7) A huge sign that Shell Oil proudly displays on its namesake building.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0073.jpg

8) The historic Gallier Hall.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0075.jpg

9) A crowded afternoon at Lafayette Square.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0077.jpg

10) The "canyons" of New Orleans. You can see the Pan American Life Center to the right...One Shell Squre to the left...and in the background, the Hotel Intercontinental and the 53-story Place St.Charles tower.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0072.jpg

11) Poydras Center. Parking on floors 2-9, offices on floors 10-24.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0084.jpg

12) The tent where the private party I attended took place at. It was a nice way to beat the heat, and the open bar was a nice touch.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0086.jpg

13) One more aerial shot showing a historic U.S court house and the steeple of St. Patrick's church.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0070.jpg


It was a nice early evening spent downtown. I met up with a few friends and we followed up the concert by getting some pizza on St. Charles Avenue.

As you can see, there is plenty of life left in New Orleans.

Come on down for a visit!
 
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:26 pm

I thought you all were a "chocolate city" now? Those pictures show otherwise.   

Seriously, looks great. I'll be down after the summer is over and the humidity has subsided to enjoy some good chow at Mother's.

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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 1:43 pm

I will also probably be over during the fall. I have family in the Slidell Area. I always thought New Orleans had a great skyline. Are you familiar with the Fairmont Hotel? I stayed in it back in 2000 for a Convention and it was great. New Orleans also has the best food.

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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:25 pm

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
I'll be down after the summer is over and the humidity has subsided to enjoy some good chow at Mother's.

It's getting rather hot and sticky now. Good idea to hold off for a few months. Mother's (and the line of customers out the door) will still be around.

Quoting Delta767300ER (Reply 2):
Are you familiar with the Fairmont Hotel?

Oh yes, we used to go there for brunch sometimes. The hotel is reopening in a few months after an extensive refurbishment.
 
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:28 pm

Quoting Delta767300ER (Reply 2):
New Orleans also has the best food.

I cannot disagree.

I can't wait to use my new camera (bought today) when I get back to my apartment in the Lower Garden District in August.
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:29 pm

i don't mean to offend anyone regarding New Orleans, but it is a city that geographically should not exist. I just hope you guys are ready for the katrinas that will come in the future.
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:36 pm

Quoting Greaser (Reply 5):
i don't mean to offend anyone regarding New Orleans, but it is a city that geographically should not exist.

Dude, you could say the same thing about Amsterdam or London, yet they thrive as world centers of commerce and national capitals. New Orleans is located at an ideal location for a port and is one of the busiest and most important in the world. Further, it has developed over the last three centuries as a major city with an amazing history.

Quoting Greaser (Reply 5):
I just hope you guys are ready for the katrinas that will come in the future.

Powerful hurricanes hit New Orleans on average every 40 years. The hurricane itself afflicted minimal damage, it was the outdated and underfunded levee system that was built by the Army Corps of Engineers to make shipping lanes from Lake Ponchartrain to the Gulf of Mexico. If New Orleans had the kind of protection Amsterdam has, the the breach would have never happened.
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:38 pm

Quoting Greaser (Reply 5):
i don't mean to offend anyone regarding New Orleans, but it is a city that geographically should not exist. I just hope you guys are ready for the katrinas that will come in the future.

No offense taken...in fact, if it goes down while i'm still around, i'm going down with it. All I need is my canoe, some Dixie beer, and a lot of boiled Crawfish. That'll hold me over until I row upriver to Baton Rouge or something!

Geographically correct or not, i'm glad the city is here...it's a unique, captivating place...might as well enjoy it while it lasts I guess.
 
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:51 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 6):
Powerful hurricanes hit New Orleans on average every 40 years. The hurricane itself afflicted minimal damage, it was the outdated and underfunded levee system that was built by the Army Corps of Engineers to make shipping lanes from Lake Ponchartrain to the Gulf of Mexico. If New Orleans had the kind of protection Amsterdam has, the the breach would have never happened.

Will global warming affect the average strength of the hurricances? While I understand that N.O doesn't get as many hurricanes as florida, the local and state authorities should still have been prepared for katrina, which nagin & co. weren't. I'm not saying FEMA was an angel either, considering the now 1 billion dollar fraud scandal going on.
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:53 pm

My parents were planning on going to New Orleans tomorrow, but my mom had to back out. My sister gets to go now, and I'm jealous!
 
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:56 pm

Quoting Greaser (Reply 8):
While I understand that N.O doesn't get as many hurricanes as florida, the local and state authorities should still have been prepared for katrina, which nagin & co. weren't.

The state and local authorities got over 1 million people to get out of the metro area, which is pretty good if you ask me. While the plans of last resort turned out to not be ideal, hindsight is 20/20. The levees were a federal project and should have been to the highest standards in the world, given that the US is the world's richest country, and not soom half-assed job with walls and a little space between people's homes and rushing water.

Quoting Greaser (Reply 8):
I'm not saying FEMA was an angel either, considering the now 1 billion dollar fraud scandal going on.

FEMA is an overgrown construction company. FEMA was not setup to, nor were the people in charge of it capable of, dealing with this kind of situation. Simply handing people cash is not the way you deal with a situation like this.
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:04 pm

Quoting Greaser (Reply 8):
I'm not saying FEMA was an angel either,

FEMA = Fix Everything My A$$

Quoting Greaser (Reply 8):
the local and state authorities should still have been prepared for katrina

You could say that many things could have been done differently, but it's all in the past now. Time to learn from the mistakes and move on. For the record, the evacuation of some 1 million people was an unqualified success by all accounts.
 
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Thu Jun 15, 2006 5:53 pm

Having lived on the gulf coast for most of my life, I enjoyed going to New Orleans a lot... The beignets are AWESOME!!! The French Quarter rocks!!! Definetely worth a visit, but I don't think I could live there again.
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:19 am

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 7):
Geographically correct or not, i'm glad the city is here...it's a unique, captivating place...might as well enjoy it while it lasts I guess.

NOLA has a pretty seedy side but the good far outweighs the bad IMO...as long as you avoid the seedy areas. I always have a good time when I am there.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 10):
The levees were a federal project and should have been to the highest standards in the world

Don't forget the corrupt local levee boards. They need to take some of the blame as well given the culture of political corruption that Louisiana is so known for. There is plenty of blame to be passed around local, state, and federal.

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 3):
It's getting rather hot and sticky now. Good idea to hold off for a few months. Mother's (and the line of customers out the door) will still be around.

I was there in July of 2004 last going over (quite timely in lieu of Katrina) disaster recovery plans for the IT department with the Times-Picayune, Mobile Register, and Mississippi Press and the humidity was delightfully low. Having spent so much time in Louisiana for work it was quite nice but I'll play the odds and stay away until Fall arrives.
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:11 am

I was there yesterday for a Port Meeting.
My objection with NOLA is that you can smell it before you can see it.
Not even 125mph winds and 9ft of water cleaned that city.

Thank Goodness the Garden District is intact...preserving the charm that should be all of New Orleans. And you can't argue with the food--just looking at it makes you gain weight.

What is with those huge black grasshoppers/locusts??

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 11):
For the record, the evacuation of some 1 million people was an unqualified success by all accounts.

Except they ended up in Houston increasing the crime rate by 23%. Time for them to go home.
 
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:48 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
I can't wait to use my new camera (bought today) when I get back to my apartment

Just make sure it gets all the way here  wink  .

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 11):
For the record, the evacuation of some 1 million people was an unqualified success by all accounts.

A lot of people see the travesties of the Dome and the Convention Center.....and conveniently forget this part of it.

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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Fri Jun 16, 2006 9:10 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 10):
given that the US is the world's richest country

You mean it's not Qatar?  Wink

Anyhow, glad to see plenty of life left in a city I hope to visit sometime this year.
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:20 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 13):
NOLA has a pretty seedy side but the good far outweighs the bad IMO...as long as you avoid the seedy areas.

It is just like any big city.

Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 12):
The beignets are AWESOME!!!

Cafe du Monde only for me, no Morning Call

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 13):
Don't forget the corrupt local levee boards. They need to take some of the blame as well given the culture of political corruption that Louisiana is so known for. There is plenty of blame to be passed around local, state, and federal.

While the levee boards should have been consolidated with non-political appointees a long time ago, the levees are and always have been primarily the responsibility of the feds, as they contain navigable interstate waters. Like I said, there is no reason for New Orleans to have these kinds of floods while Amsterdam, which is even lower, to stay dry other than the fact that Amsterdam's system is FAR more advanced

Quoting Gregtx (Reply 14):
What is with those huge black grasshoppers/locusts??

They are called Palmetto Bugs and are actually (unfortunately) very large flying cockroaches. The good thing about them is that they don't live in walls, they live in trees, so even if one gets into your house, you are unlikely to see 20 more behind him.

Quoting Gregtx (Reply 14):
Thank Goodness the Garden District is intact...preserving the charm that should be all of New Orleans. And you can't argue with the food--just looking at it makes you gain weight.

The food is great and I live in the Garden District, so I am glad it is intact.

Quoting Gregtx (Reply 14):
Except they ended up in Houston increasing the crime rate by 23%. Time for them to go home.

Given that MSYTristar, Tom in NO and I were all evaccuees, I take umbridge at that comment.

Quoting Dan2002 (Reply 16):
Anyhow, glad to see plenty of life left in a city I hope to visit sometime this year.

And New Orleans will appreciate your money Big grin
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:23 pm

two more pictures....

1) Le Pavillon hotel
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0067-1.jpg

2) About a dozen local restaurants set up booths during the concert....needless to say they are quite popular....most of the food costs either four or five tickets...and the tickets are $1 each.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0079.jpg
 
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:47 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 17):
Cafe du Monde only for me, no Morning Call

You said it!!  Smile
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RE: New Pictures Of New Orleans (taken Today)

Fri Jun 16, 2006 2:42 pm

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 18):

Looks like a miniature Jazzfest food booth

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 15):
Just make sure it gets all the way here

Don't worry, it will. Already spent half a roll of Provia 100
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