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Old 02-21-2011, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Prairieville, LA
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How do you think Louisiana would be had New Orleans grew like the other Sunbelt cities in the 50s/60s?
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Houston with crawfish étouffée.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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a suburban wasteland. Very nondescript and miles of urban sprawl with no identity or enjoyable value outside of the individual home.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Sprawl wouldn't be as bad as you mention, it is landlocked.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Prairieville, LA
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The pros of this situation:
-Louisiana's population would be higher
-New Orleans would probably remain the largest city in the south
-More businesses in the region

The cons:
-Many historic districts would be destroyed to make room for subdivisions, strip malls, etc.
-Driving from BR to NOLA would be more painful than it already is
-Wetlands would be drained
-Less locally owned businesses and more large chains
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I think it would be horrible. Because of the lack of decent land to build on, even more subdivisions would've been built on unsuitable land, and alot more people would've had their lives ruined by the hurricane. If the New Orleans Metro Area had about 5 million people, it would be awful...Can you imagine the evacuation process. I shudder just thinking about it.
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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I think it would be horrible. Because of the lack of decent land to build on, even more subdivisions would've been built on unsuitable land, and alot more people would've had their lives ruined by the hurricane. If the New Orleans Metro Area had about 5 million people, it would be awful...Can you imagine the evacuation process. I shudder just thinking about it.
I don't even want to think about if New Orleans was in the 5,000,000+ category when Katrina came.

I don't see the historical districts being destroyed as much of development would probably be on drained wetland or on the Northshore. I could actually see the metro stretching well into Mississippi if it was that size. Traffic would be horrible, but we'd probably have some type of heavy rail with a population that large.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Denver
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The pros of this situation:
-Louisiana's population would be higher
-New Orleans would probably remain the largest city in the south
-More businesses in the region

The cons:
-Many historic districts would be destroyed to make room for subdivisions, strip malls, etc.
-Driving from BR to NOLA would be more painful than it already is
-Wetlands would be drained
-Less locally owned businesses and more large chains
I doubt our old neighborhoods would've been touched, there were NIMBY's in the 40s-50s too. Driving to either city isn't painful, driving IN the cities is were you find the pain.

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I think it would be horrible. Because of the lack of decent land to build on, even more subdivisions would've been built on unsuitable land, and alot more people would've had their lives ruined by the hurricane. If the New Orleans Metro Area had about 5 million people, it would be awful...Can you imagine the evacuation process. I shudder just thinking about it.
If we were that large, I'm sure it would've been just as hectic evacuating the city, with population gains comes improvements based on population.

Pros:
-Gulf megaregion would actually rival others
-Much more respect as a state
-MLB team?!
-Freeway system like Houston

Cons:
-Probably more sprawl up to MS and continuous sprawl along I-10 to BR.
-Freeway system like Houston
-More commercial influence with degraded and more cosmopolitan culture
-Losing the title as Americas most European/unique city
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