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Old 06-04-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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I've been wondering if New Orleans can become bigger than Atlanta and Houston or maybe Los Angeles if the city can grow larger in a few years by adding more business buidlings and such. Just wondering.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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No. All the safe area is already built out in the city itself.

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Old 06-04-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Given that everthing remains the same no. By the time New Orleans would get to the size of the cities they would be significantly larger. Now there's always the chance that New Orleans could grow to the size of Houston or Atlanta, but it would require a ton of investment as well as a ton of concessions. Personally, I'd love to see some of the none/less historical areas "Manhattanized".
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:57 PM
 
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It doesn't need to be to be successful either. Bigger is NOT better.

Certain areas of town are more vulnerable to flooding and always will be (East, Broadmoor, parts of Gentilly). Let's just focus on creating jobs, safer neighborhoods and be good citizens and everything will be ok.
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Not in our lifetime. The Northshore would have to triple population, as well as Metiaire, and maybe a BR-NOLA CSA or a NOLA-Biloxi CSA.
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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I've been wondering if New Orleans can become bigger than Atlanta and Houston or maybe Los Angeles if the city can grow larger in a few years by adding more business buidlings and such. Just wondering.

No way. I lived in Houston for 10 years and been to Atlanta a bunch of times and can tell you that New Orleans doesn't have the land area to expand. We are basically land locked by the lake north, river to the south, marsh and swamp to the east and west.

If you've ever been to Houston or Atlanta you would know that New Orleans could never be that large in size.


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Old 06-04-2011, 07:03 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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No way. I lived in Houston for 10 years and been to Atlanta a bunch of times and can tell you that New Orleans doesn't have the land area to expand. We are basically land locked by the lake north, river to the south, marsh and swamp to the east and west.

If you've ever been to Houston or Atlanta you would know that New Orleans could never be that large in size.
You don't necessarily have to expand. You can always build up. It's very possible given the right conditions fall in place. Now whether or not that happens is a different story, but throw in some top notch flood protection, heavy investment, and support from the local population the levee protected areas of the metro could come to resembe SF and the denser areas of Miami in the next 50-100 years. If it could be down without destroying the more historical parts of the city it wouldn't be such a bad thing. We know from past experience that the city proper alone can support double it's current population. Redevelop the trouble spots of the suburbs to support more density and make use of some the empty land around here.

Of course, this would require the perfect combo of conditions to happen, but it's not impossible.

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Old 06-04-2011, 08:34 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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No way. I lived in Houston for 10 years and been to Atlanta a bunch of times and can tell you that New Orleans doesn't have the land area to expand. We are basically land locked by the lake north, river to the south, marsh and swamp to the east and west.

If you've ever been to Houston or Atlanta you would know that New Orleans could never be that large in size.


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Well I have been to Houston and Atlanta myself so I know how it is out there.
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Considering that New Orleans is gradually "sinking", and has such a high water table, do you think it can even support a "mini-Manhattan"?

If money were to get spent on something to mimic somewhere else, I'd prefer that it go to towards Dutch-engineered levies.
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:56 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Considering that New Orleans is gradually "sinking", and has such a high water table, do you think it can even support a "mini-Manhattan"?

If money were to get spent on something to mimic somewhere else, I'd prefer that it go to towards Dutch-engineered levies.
I'm not suggesting that we mimick anything. By "manhattanizing" I'm simply referring to increasing the amount of density. If the Poydras and Canal street corridors can exist without any problems, so can filling in the rest of the city with structures half as tall. You can apply that same analogy to Houston, which is sinking at a similar rate, or Mexico City which is sinking much, much faster and is much larger than NY. As I said earlier, I feel that before any of that could come to fruition the city would need top notch flood protection.
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