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John Hildreth, director of the National Trust for Historic Preservations southern office, has received preliminary reports from around the region, although he says that full reports on New Orleans wont be available until floodwaters are lowered, which could take up to a month. He notes that New Orleans French Quarter and Garden Districts, on higher ground, appear to be relatively in tact, but historic neighborhoods like the 9th Ward, Midtown, and the Treme were all badly hit. These neighborhoods include some multi-story French colonial buildings, but many more single story, wood-frame buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Also badly hit was the Louisiana State Museum in Jackson Square... Hildreth adds that the historic districts of several communities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian, have been devastated.
ARCH RECORD: 01.09.05
I think a real concern is that you'll get a new faux New Orleans that will be more Anaheim than antebellum.
Joel Kotkin, author of "The City: A Global History" in POST GAZETTE 04.09.05
Urban planners see an opportunity to build safe, smart accommodations that could better withstand the next hurricane or flood. Some have suggested building houses on stilts. Others propose new levees that could criss-cross the city. A sea wall south of New Orleans could be built to keep the Gulf of Mexico from pouring in. Rejected before Katrina because of its projected $2.5 billion cost, that proposal now seems likely to get a closer look.
The approach combined the massive concrete of Pier Luigi Nervi's postwar stadiums in Italy with a late-Roman Empire sense of grandeur and an American obsession with perfect climate control.
L.A. TIMES 02.09.05