Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2016

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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160 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Welcome back to New Orleans! The last time the ASLA Expo was held here, in 2003, it was a different world. Eighty percent of the city flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and in August this year, a thousand-year storm dropped two feet of water in two days, causing statewide flooding and more than $8.7 billion and counting in damages. Federal disaster relief funding came in late August. Fortunately for ASLA visitors, New Orleans was spared from the flooding this time around, and October is historically the driest month for the city, meaning plenty of sunshine for you to get out and see the history and beauty the city has to offer. Let the good times roll! Good Music and Good Food New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz music – which you may have guessed upon your arrival at Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport. In addition to Louis Armstrong, jazz legends from the city include Buddy Bolden, Sidney Bechet, Louis "Papa" Tio and family, and Papa Jack Laine. While Bourbon Street in the French Quarter has a reputation for its 13 blocks of clubs and music, Frenchmen Street, at the edge of the Quarter, is home to some of the city's most popular live music venues. Here, admission and drinks are cheaper – sometimes even free. Check out The Apple Barrel, Snug Harbor, The Spotted Cat or The Maison for live music seven nights Above The largest city and metropolitan area in Louisiana, New Orleans was founded in 1718 by the French Mississippi Company. Louisiana went from French control, to Spanish control, back to the French for a brief period of time before the United States acquired it through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. During the Civil War, the Confederacy held New Orleans for only a short time before the United States took it for keeps. The entire city is brimming with history, from its establishment in the 1700s to the War of 1812 to the Civil War to the jazz era: in fact, there are 20 National Register Historic Districts within its boundaries. The Big Easy is host to the ASLA Expo this year for the first time since 2003. Bourbon Street, in the heart of the French Quarter, is home to the city's famed jazz clubs. PHOTO: NEW ORLEANS ONLINE AND COSMO CONDINA Big Weekend in the Big Easy By Alli Rael, LASN

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