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Old 11-16-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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Hi All, I used to live in NOLA but had to move after Katrina. We went back last week for a wedding and here are some observations I noticed. Love the Dome, and it's new lighting, had a great time in the Quarter and the people were great. I was disappointed however seeing several large structures downtown still not open or basically rotting away. How sad it was to see the Orpheum and Sanger Theaters closed and barricaded. Charity is disgusting and there were some other large buildings still vacant as well. Are there any plans to revitalize the Theater "District"? What about getting rid of the blighted high rise buildings? I know it's NOLA and it's all things "Saints" right now, but why hasn't something been done to restore the infrastructure and culture of this great city?
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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There are lots of things going on Downtown.

Charity is still vacant, but there is a huge medical complex being built on the other side of Claiborne. 930 Poydras is an apartment tower that was built Post Katrina and is now %90 occupied. Happy's and Walk Ons have moved into the old Smith and Wollensky Building on Poydras. 1201 Canal has almost 100% occupancy. 1031 Canal has been approved for construction and will be 20 stories of apartments, retail and parking for the Saenger. The Saenger is scheduled to reopen for the 2012-2013 Broadway Season. The Joy theater one the other side of Canal St. will be reopen as a live music venue next year.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Denver
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The World Trade Center and Plaza Tower desperately need attention. They are distinctive in the skyline and would hate to see them go. A chuck of concrete fell off the top of the WTC the other day.
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:50 PM
 
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There are lots of things going on Downtown.

Charity is still vacant, but there is a huge medical complex being built on the other side of Claiborne. 930 Poydras is an apartment tower that was built Post Katrina and is now %90 occupied. Happy's and Walk Ons have moved into the old Smith and Wollensky Building on Poydras. 1201 Canal has almost 100% occupancy. 1031 Canal has been approved for construction and will be 20 stories of apartments, retail and parking for the Saenger. The Saenger is scheduled to reopen for the 2012-2013 Broadway Season. The Joy theater one the other side of Canal St. will be reopen as a live music venue next year.
Great to see some progress being made, this is indeed good news!
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Did some driving downtown today. What are the two big buildings near Canal and Claiborne that are vacant and rundown looking? One looked like it used to be a hotel/restaurant/etc according the awnings.
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Old 11-16-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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The former hotel on the lake side of Claiborne and the Uptown side of Canal is going to be demolished.

Blighted Grand Palace Hotel to be demolished | wwltv.com New Orleans
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:46 PM
 
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Did some driving downtown today. What are the two big buildings near Canal and Claiborne that are vacant and rundown looking? One looked like it used to be a hotel/restaurant/etc according the awnings.
the big green bldg on the river side?
that's the old texaco bldg - no idea what's happening to it
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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the big green bldg on the river side?
that's the old texaco bldg - no idea what's happening to it
It's being converted into a residential building.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:55 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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It's being converted into a residential building.
Yep. It's part of the Iberville redevelopment. Pretty sure it will be restricted to seniors.
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:01 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Hi All, I used to live in NOLA but had to move after Katrina. We went back last week for a wedding and here are some observations I noticed. Love the Dome, and it's new lighting, had a great time in the Quarter and the people were great. I was disappointed however seeing several large structures downtown still not open or basically rotting away. How sad it was to see the Orpheum and Sanger Theaters closed and barricaded. Charity is disgusting and there were some other large buildings still vacant as well. Are there any plans to revitalize the Theater "District"? What about getting rid of the blighted high rise buildings? I know it's NOLA and it's all things "Saints" right now, but why hasn't something been done to restore the infrastructure and culture of this great city?
How did you miss all of the construction along Loyola between the theaters and the Expressway. The Saenger and Joy theaters are under construction and planned to be reopened sometime next year. The old Texaco building is being rennovated, there's a new modern four story building relatively next door and a new mid-rise tower accross the I-10. There's a new streetcar line being layed down Loyola and two or three of the buildings at Loyola's intersection with Tulane are being rennovated and will be opening as apartment buildings. There's also a new modern apartment tower on Poydras.
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