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Old 09-27-2009, 11:50 AM
Location: Da Parish
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We went to Mobile for a few days hoping to see an old city. We were disappointed. What should have been a lovely historical district with lovely old buildings, museums and quaint shops, was a hodge podge of closed businesses, some old buildings, 1960s-70s office buildings, etc.

We enjoyed the trip, the few historical homes we were able to tour, the replica fort, the Mardi Gras museum, the Museum of Mobile, and Church St. Cemetery. NOLA and Mobile have a good deal of shared history, but have totally diffenent looks.

I was so proud that our town has managed to preserve our historic buildings. I saw what happened to Mobile, (the tour guides were upset with the state of their town apparently a mayor in the 60s-70s tore down a lot of the historical buildings in the name of progress), and I have to say we've got a lot to be proud of. I see the condition that a good many of our precious shotguns and old buildings are in and I get scared. I would like to see them make it for another 100 years. I hope that the care takers of these buildings realize that they hold part of what makes NOLA special in their hands.
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Old 09-27-2009, 04:51 PM
Location: Way up north :-)
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I'm currently reading Made In America by Bill Bryson (fascinating book for anyone interested in lesser known factoids about American history), in it he writes that a superhighway very nearly bissected the FQ in the 50s!

I think NOLA has done well to avoid the ravages of development ('development' in the negative sense of losing your history) considering all it's been through. A pity cities such as...ohhhh..pfffff...Sydney for example....can't be less eager to let fly with the destruction ball.
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:39 PM
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I too appreciate the beauty of the New Orleans architecture. So much of the city could have been lost; wars, water, progress, none have defeated the beautiful lady.
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