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December 23 2013

A Farewell to The Grid, from Allyson McAbee

December 23rd, 2013Posted by 

New Orleans, Louisiana is a small and unique city. Somehow, even with a population of 37,000 people, you will always bump into someone you know. With that said, a sense of community is the constant throughout Nola’s dynamic changes and progress. We all want to be more involved, have a voice within our community, and make […]

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December 09 2013

Kayaking with Alligators: Ecotourism Louisiana Style

December 9th, 2013Posted by 

The terms “going green” and “ecotourism” have shown up more and more across the globe in design fields such as urban planning, landscape architecture, and environmental non-profits. Although this idea of environmentalism has been around since John Muir, in mid-1800s, these terms today provide updated ideas about conservation and preservation. Ecotourism falls within this green […]

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November 25 2013

Saving the Planet One Costumed Bike Party at a Time

November 25th, 2013Posted by 

In the United States, a car-driven society, there has been a recent trend toward becoming more conscious of vehicles and their cost on the environment. For some time now the number of vehicles driven in the U.S. has been declining, while the number of bicyclists has been increasing. This trend is obvious in a city […]

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November 11 2013

100,000 Trees Wiped Out During Hurricane Leads to Number One Most Deforested City in America

November 11th, 2013Posted by 

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in”, a Greek Proverb and the philosophy of most Landscape Architects for America’s future. Therefore, it is great when the majority of the world thinks of the Deep South or New Orleans, Louisiana they envision Oak Trees covered […]

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October 28 2013

10 Corner Stores, 1 Supermarket: New Orleans Food Desert Encourages Poor Nutrition

October 28th, 2013Posted by 

New Orleans, Louisiana is a city loved for its famous food culture and its assortment of unique dishes. So it’s a shame when one also learns this food loving city has also been named a food desert. Despite these famous dishes, resources to healthy food become a scarcity for many low income neighborhoods which are […]

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October 14 2013

Walking on Neutral Ground: New Orleans’ Unique Landscape Feature

October 14th, 2013Posted by 

When visiting New Orleans, non-natives may hear people talking about the “neutral ground,” and most of them will look around and think “the what?” In New Orleans, it’s not only an interesting name, but also a unique landscape feature specific to New Orleans. The “neutral ground” is a strip of land running through the middle […]

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September 30 2013

New Orleans, Louisiana: 9 Years Later, Storm Water Infrastructure Lacks

September 30th, 2013Posted by 

Nine years ago, New Orleans’ history changed physically, socially, and economically due to the massive flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina. The city has made efforts to rebuild, reunite, and make changes for the better. However, Nola still lacks the proper infrastructure to deal with daily and yearly issues of storm water. As the 3rd rainiest […]

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September 16 2013

New Orleans to Re-Unite 28,000 People Through Design

September 16th, 2013Posted by 

For nearly seven years, plans have been in the works to redevelop a three-mile corridor; the once Carondelet canal and railroad, which runs through the center of New Orleans and spans twelve extremely diverse neighborhoods. The corridor runs between Claiborne Avenue in the French Quarter to Canal Boulevard in Lakeview. The main goal of the project is […]

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September 02 2013

“Where ya Stay at?” How the Accretion of Cultures Becomes Nola’s City Planners

September 2nd, 2013Posted by 

“Where ya stay at” is a common question for natives of New Orleans, Louisiana. Although phrased differently, this is sometimes a typical question in other American cities; however, New Orleans is not a typical American city. Its neighborhoods vary in architecture, physical layout, and general atmosphere due to the many residing cultures. Over the course of several […]

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August 19 2013

Renovation Reroute: Plans to Remove Interstate-10 in New Orleans

August 19th, 2013Posted by 

In the 1950s, before the construction of Interstate-10, Treme was the wealthiest and first free African American community in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the heart of this community was Claiborne Blvd; a thriving commercial corridor lined with oak trees where the pillars of I-10 now stand. Paintings of trees, iconic African Americans, and cultural activities are […]

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August 05 2013

Last Call: Will Nola be Completely Submerged by 2040?

August 5th, 2013Posted by 

For people of South Louisiana fishing, shrimping, eating oysters and alligator are not just a livelihood but also a way of living. Nearly two million people, about half of Louisiana’s population, have lived and worked in coastal Louisiana for generations. As the largest fishery in the lower forty-eight states, it alone makes up nearly 50,000 jobs. […]

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July 22 2013

Are New Orleans Cultural Events Encouraging Violent Crimes?

July 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Built in the 1720s, New Orleans, Louisiana is an old city with crumbling streets, historic architecture, and tiny lots. The unique quality about Nola, despite the city’s obvious wear, is the sense of community culturally embedded into the daily life of its citizens, revolving around eating, drinking, and otherwise taking it easy. However, as the […]

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July 08 2013

The Death of Street Music in New Orleans

July 8th, 2013Posted by 

When you walk down the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana (Nola) there’s much to smell, see, experience, but mostly hear. Hear the beautiful sounds of music floating across the parks, bars, and street corners. Music is the heartbeat of Nola. So what happens to this amazing city when law enforces restrictions on when and where […]

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