Mediation professional. Or such.
New Orleans has had a long and colorful history that included shades of both good and bad. It is woven into its rich fabric and cannot be undone. What has been undone, in many cases, is the more overt and observable residuals of her history.
Storyville was demolished because some individuals thought the section of the city was unsightly and the only solution was to wipe the area clean and begin with a fresh, new, modern way of living. It is that mentality that gave the city many of the housing projects under discussion in this article. Speaking as someone who values history and it's preservation, I imagine many individuals would love to have seen the historic, old buildings of Storyville preserved as they would have been a historic link to the French Quarter, but that ship sailed long ago.
Now we have a discussion as old as the history of the city itself. Do we try to erase or weave over some of the threads that make New Orleans what it is just because they represent a modern Storyville?
I would like to see more of the structures classified as "Legacy" buildings. It was just a few months ago while standing outside St. Louis #1, that I was remarking upon how wonderful it would be to see these buildings restored and remodeled and that I believe they would make a much more attractive addition to the inventory of central city residential living than many of the mid-century office towers which have little historic connection to the city under consideration for conversion. They would even be a great candidate for a mixed use development of residential, hotel and retail.
Rehabilitation would cost less than destruction, disposal and reconstruction; rehabilitation would preserve the historic fabric of the area; and rehabilitation would stop the cycle of pretending that the only solution for an area needing reinvestment is to complete reinvention.
Dallas is developing a "Food Truck Park" where there will be a more or less permanent selection of food trucks on the empty lot of a theater which burned. I think it would be an excellent idea to take some of the empty lots which dot the New Orleans and designate them food truck zones.
The trucks could have access to power, water and even restroom facilities. The city or property owners could charge a small "lease" for the location and if there were several "park" locations scattered throughout the city, the owners could start a collaborative agreement to rotate from place to place instead of opening each day at the same location.
This would eliminate having the trucks taking up parking, it would give the city a place to ensure public sanitation needs are being met, the truck owners could establish "regular" hours so as to develop a regular following and it could also serve to drive additional consumer traffic to the zones and their neighbors.
If there is anything right in this world, we will again be able to sit down to a St Chuck Duck as soon as possible.
Don't leave us stranded!!!!
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