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Old 04-17-2012, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Look at what Amsterdam is did to become the city it is. I think of the Delta project. I look at what they have done with the canals. I look at the bicycle lanes. There is alot to learn from Amsterdam.
Interesting comparison of Amsterdam and New Orleans. I briefly visited Amsterdam once and it seemed like a great place. The historic core was well preserved and it was full of residents, places to eat, bars, museums, and of course the infamous "coffee shops" and red-light district. Their use of bicycles is admirable.

A major difference in Amsterdam and New Orleans is that in addition to the cultural/tourism offerings, Amsterdam is also one of the biggest business centers in all of Europe. Amsterdam contains a lot of company headquarters and a stock exchange. Almost like the cultural offerings of New Orleans combined with the business concentration of a Houston/Dallas/Atlanta.

Do you know whether Amsterdam is vulnerable to natural disasters the same way New Orleans is? I sometimes wonder if that vulnerability keeps major employers and industries from locating in/around New Orleans.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:05 AM
 
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Interesting comparison of Amsterdam and New Orleans. I briefly visited Amsterdam once and it seemed like a great place. The historic core was well preserved and it was full of residents, places to eat, bars, museums, and of course the infamous "coffee shops" and red-light district. Their use of bicycles is admirable.

A major difference in Amsterdam and New Orleans is that in addition to the cultural/tourism offerings, Amsterdam is also one of the biggest business centers in all of Europe. Amsterdam contains a lot of company headquarters and a stock exchange. Almost like the cultural offerings of New Orleans combined with the business concentration of a Houston/Dallas/Atlanta.

Do you know whether Amsterdam is vulnerable to natural disasters the same way New Orleans is? I sometimes wonder if that vulnerability keeps major employers and industries from locating in/around New Orleans.
Funny you mentioned vulnerability. Amsterdam is very vulnerable to flooding and actually was hit by a very severe storm in 1953. In The Netherlands, there is the Delta project. A series of dams, sluices, locks, dikes, levees, and storm surge barriers makes up the Delta project. It could be done in Louisiana.

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Interesting comparison of Amsterdam and New Orleans. I briefly visited Amsterdam once and it seemed like a great place. The historic core was well preserved and it was full of residents, places to eat, bars, museums, and of course the infamous "coffee shops" and red-light district. Their use of bicycles is admirable.

A major difference in Amsterdam and New Orleans is that in addition to the cultural/tourism offerings, Amsterdam is also one of the biggest business centers in all of Europe. Amsterdam contains a lot of company headquarters and a stock exchange. Almost like the cultural offerings of New Orleans combined with the business concentration of a Houston/Dallas/Atlanta.

Do you know whether Amsterdam is vulnerable to natural disasters the same way New Orleans is? I sometimes wonder if that vulnerability keeps major employers and industries from locating in/around New Orleans.
I didn't know Amsterdam was a business minded city.
Vulnerability would be an excuse. Taxes and red tape are the reasons we don't have more than 1 F500 company in the state. Look at Miami and it's vulnerability yet it has many banks on Brickell.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:02 PM
 
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O.C. Haley Avenue: The New Freret? | News | Gambit New Orleans News and Entertainment

OC Haley, the next Freret Street? This article explains it.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I didn't know Amsterdam was a business minded city.
Vulnerability would be an excuse. Taxes and red tape are the reasons we don't have more than 1 F500 company in the state. Look at Miami and it's vulnerability yet it has many banks on Brickell.
Yes, Amsterdam's reputation is largely the red-light district and cannabis, but the city has a lot more going on. Amsterdam is the hq for 7 of the world's top 500 companies and the Amsterdam Stock Exchange is the oldest in the world. Obviously it is not on the level of a London or Paris (or even Madrid), but it is pretty good for metro of under 2.5 million people. When I visited I was surprised at how much different stuff there was.

Good point about Miami and its vulnerability.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Funny you mentioned vulnerability. Amsterdam is very vulnerable to flooding and actually was hit by a very severe storm in 1953. In The Netherlands, there is the Delta project. A series of dams, sluices, locks, dikes, levees, and storm surge barriers makes up the Delta project. It could be done in Louisiana.

Delta Works - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cool stuff! Thanks for the link. They have obviously made this a priority.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Developers, city leaders launch $8.7 million Broadmoor revitalization | wwltv.com New Orleans
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:37 PM
 
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Cool stuff! Thanks for the link. They have obviously made this a priority.
No problem. I just hope this would become a priority here in the USA.
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Old 05-17-2012, 10:55 AM
 
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Costco is coming to town:

Costco confirms plans for first store in Louisiana on blighted New Orleans land near I-10 | NOLA.com
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Riverwalk to be revamped as outlet mall in $70 million expansion

NEW ORLEANS – The Riverwalk Marketplace will be renovated into an upscale outlet center, as part of a $70 million expansion and redevelopment unveiled Thursday by the riverfront mall’s owners and city officials.
Called The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, the redevelopment will expand the mall’s footprint by about 50,000 square feet, according to a statement from Howard Hughes Corp., the Dallas-based company which acquired the mall in 2011.
It will become the nation’s first outlet center located in a downtown setting, according to the company. It is also the first major redevelopment for Riverwalk since the riverfront mall opened in 1986. Construction is planned for later this year, with a reopening in 2013.


http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/orleans/Riverwalk-to-be-revamped-as-outlet-center-in-70-million-expansion-project-163841026.html
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