Top Five Reasons You Should Care About New Orleans Architecture (and by extension root for the Saints on February 7th)
January 27, 2010 by preservegreen
1. New Orleans has more historic districts than any other city in the U.S. with 18 National Register districts and 13 Local Historic districts. And this is not a huge city, folks.
The French Quarter, like almost all areas of the city, is a time capsule.
The Garden District is full of houses equal to this one in beauty. If anyone were to build new in that neighborhood, local residents would sick the vampires on them.
2. The 8 million green initiatives that are happening in the Holy Cross neighborhood alone.
Honestly, I can't even name all of the green initiatives happening in areas where the homes were wiped from their foundations. The pic to the left was taken when I was down there in 2008, the one on the right in 2009. This is part of Brad Pitt's Make It Right program.
3. Most major cities in the world are on oceans. Sooner or later super storms will pummel them as well and they’ll know what to do.
I mapped the 20 largest cities in the world to see how many of them are on oceans. All of these cities will have to contend with major storms and flooding issues in the near future if they aren't already. New Orleans is the perfect test lab, and is being used as such in hard-hit areas, for these struggles. Instead of complaining about efforts, people should be thankful for them.
4. The Preservation Resource Center and other nonprofits are working their tails off.
A Preservation Resource Center street project. I mean, are you kidding? These nonprofits are the only thing driving this restoration and rebuilding effort and they are doing insanely amazing things. Governmental efforts only result in demolition.
Just some of the nonprofits working on effots in NOLA and beyond.
5. You can rent an 1807 Creole cottage for a pittance during off seasons and not have to treat it like a house museum! Just love it.
While this is not a home I have stayed in while down there, it shows the spirit of the residents and the fact that people LOVE their houses and will work on them and keep them in families for generations. This is a concept foreign to people in most other major cities, and part of the reason I love that city so damned much.