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    I have interests in sports, weather, business and development issues for Metropolitan New Orleans, snow skier, two dogs. I am a banker by trade...
  1. alon504

    New Orleans Development Thread

    I'm so glad to see the Hyatt come back...with the new streetcar in this area along with Champions Square by the Dome...this area is coming back alive!
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    New Orleans Development Thread

    The building is starting to go up...there is a large crane onsite now.
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    New Orleans Development Thread

    I drove by there the other day and they were driving piles. Construction is underway and I'm glad. That area of Canal is coming back a little slower, but, I think this project will speed things along.
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    New Orleans Development Thread

    That's an ugly building. There has to be another renduring coming out that will do that building more justice. This is why I would prefer to see projects scrapped if they can't be done right. There needs to be more height at that location.
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    New Orleans Development Thread

    I like the City of New Orleans new website.
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    New Orleans Development Thread

    Yes...we will be fine. The team is in the process of reconnecting with the city. It's a little bizarre scenario as New Orleans was just grasping the team when Katrina struck. The last two years threw things out of whack, but, we're reconnecting. It will be fine. They aren't leaving. The new contract is an "interim," contract. Expect a full fledged contract in 2010, at the latest. We will meet the benchmarks. FYI, it helps that we have a winning team.
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    Georgia Population Figures

    Don't take it so far as New Orleans, it was filthy pre-Katrina. Thank God the city wisened up and got this city cleaned up properly post-Katrina. Granted the waste contract had to literally double in price, but, it's worked. I love Georgia, but, it's just not the Georgia I once knew. Sorry, that is how I feel. I still visit pretty often, but, when I go N. of Atlanta and see what has happened, it breaks my heart. It will never be the same.
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    Georgia Population Figures

    I hate to see this happen to Georgia. I've loved Georgia for so many years. Georgia is destroying itself with all of this wild, unregulated growth. The pollution in Atlanta is terrible, Lake Lanier is drying up, and the creeks and rivers of the N. Georgia mountains are so polluted they are practically contaminated. I will never go canoeing in N. Georgia again. Everybody in Georgia thinks that this growth is such a great thing. The bottom line is it is only more humans. That's all it is. And it has ruined Georgia for the rest of our lives.
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    River Place Condominiums

    I'm beginning to think this project is a pipe dream and simply isn't going to occur....seems like we've been hearing about this project and repeated delays for a decade. Something is up...this guy doesn't seem like he can afford to do this project.
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    Louisiana Weather

    It's getting chilly finally. The wind is blowing pretty good tonight from the North. With dropping temps overnight, I can easily see wind chills in the 30's for the Southshore tomorrow AM...and 20's for the Northshore. Clearly a strong Canadian front has passed through the area.
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    New Orleans Development Thread

    That is Icinola. My two very good friends are behind this development. I've seen the plans and have been in the building numerous times. It is going to be a great project for the Bywater. And they are getting ready to roll with it....I think construction is starting in November. That is what I hear from them whenever we discuss their project. But, we don't talk about it that much. Just basics.
  12. alon504

    New Orleans Development Thread

    Icinola in the Bywater is coming. Two very good friends of mine are developing this Bywater project. They are shooting for a Fall, 2007 groundbreaking....
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    New Orleans Development Thread

    I heard that Vantage was failing about 6 months ago...apparently it was a poor business plan. The units were too small and over-priced. But, I've heard positive things with varying degrees about most of the other projects... We'll see what happens. In any case, things are beginning to escalate with improvement all over the City and we're going to be seeing noteworthy developments underway by years end.
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    Denham Springs & Livingston Parish

    My parents moved to Livingston Parish after their home flooded with Katrina. It's very interesting that there are now several thousand that live in Livingston Parish, are counted as "Metro Baton Rouge," but, commute and live their lives out of New Orleans. My parents have little to nothing to do with Baton Rouge. Their lives revolve around New Orleans, yet, they are counted as Metro Baton Rouge. The Metro areas are, obviously converging along I-12, not I-10.