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Rediscovering the river Oil boom, World’s Fair, rehabilitation of riverfront. Commercial use cut off river access. Riverfront Expressway 1946-1969 (Moses and the Second Battle of New Orleans). James Rouse created Harbor Place (Boston’s Quincy Market, Baltimore’s market). Transformation of the port 1970s shipping technology. Port side cranes. Warehouses came down. Moonwalk, 1972. Port is transshipment point. Except coffee and sugar, no processing. End of the boom (Ch. 5) OPEC raised prices, domestic oil flourished. Saudis let oil float – prices determined by immediate supply and demand. $50 a barrel in 1981, $35 in ‘85, $10 in ’86. Great population shift 1950s Jefferson Parish suburbanization. White flight. Schools became more segregated, post Brown v. Board. Housing the poor – urban renewal, public housing, and segregation. A new population geography (Ch. 6) The Iron Law of Suburban Sprawl. Expansion of white territory, the teapot. Gentrification and urbanophiles. Tourism (Ch. 7) Oil bust, mechanization of docks, lack of manufacturing meant that unemployment was a central issue for the city. Tourism was the fallback position. Depends on French Quarter (preservation of which has been accidental) and St. Charles Avenue neighborhoods. Tourism numbers 1970s: tens of thousands. 2000: 8-11 million a year ($4.78 billion). Result: National Trust for Historic Preservation lists the French Quarter in the annual List of Endangered Places. Tourism French Quarter St. Charles Avenue
"THE SOUTHERN COASTLANDS ON THE SUBTROPICAL MARGIN"