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  1. It looks like the Texans may be making that trip instead, following damange to Reliant Stadium in Houston following Ike. Link
  2. Glad to see most everyone here at UP made it through Gustav without any problems! I'm just now getting a solid internet connection in New Orleans.
  3. As always, thanks for the updates, Slidell. Seems like most of the models are now pointing towards a Louisiana landfall somewhere between Morgan City and Lake Charles, but it's still too early to be sure about anything. No matter what, it looks like a whole lot of folks in south Louisiana will be affected by Gustav. Best of luck to everyone!
  4. Scanning through New Orleans on Google Street View, I found a few of the major residential construction sites in the city. Here are some photos for those who haven't been able to catch up on some of the residential projects around the city. I haven't checked up on many of these projects in recent months, so I can't tell you how old these pictures are. Some neighborhoods in the city look like they were captured on Google Street View very recently, while others look like they were captured many months ago. But for those of you (like myself) who enjoy seeing great projects actually under construction in New Orleans, these should be better than nothing. All of these images are courtesy of Google: 930 Poydras I believe this is the site of 927 Poeyfarre. If not, there's another large project under construction in the Warehouse District that I don't know about. The site of Tracage, cleared and ready to go. The building is currently held up in a lawsuit. Work continues on apartments and townhouses between Annunciation and Tchoupitoulas Uptown 2600 Saint Charles apartments from early 2008 The Crescent Club on Tulane Ave. before construction was underway The Preserve on Tulane Ave Musicians' Village in the Upper 9, one of the city's greatest post-Katrina success stories Those are the projects I could come up with off the top of my head. I didn't post the Meridian site in Mid-City because it's still shown as an overgrown vacant lot on Street View.
  5. Two local Macy's stores to open in October Macy's will mark its return to the metro area with grand opening ceremonies at two stores on Oct. 25. A renovated Macy's at The Esplanade in Kenner and a newly constructed Macy's at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie will be opened that day, marking the return of Macy's to the New Orleans area for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Times-Picayune
  6. Just like that, T.D. #5 has already strengthened to Tropical Storm Edouard. Thankfully, it doesn't look like the storm will strengthen much before it makes landfall. Tropical Storm alerts stretch from New Orleans to Corpus Christi, TX:
  7. Here is how New Orleans compares to a some other cities when it comes to downtown occupany rates: New Orleans- 90.2% New York City- 94.2% Houston- 88.1% Dallas- 78.2% Austin- 85.3% San Antonio- 86.1% Detroit- 79.3% San Jose- 87.0% So with a very healthy downtown and metro-wide office market, do you guys think we'll be seeing any new office towers anytime soon? The new national trend seems to be mixed-use office/residential/retail towers, something I'd love to see in the CBD. I also wouldn't be suprised so see a new mid-sized office tower (something like The Galleria) pop up in Metairie in the near future.
  8. Some great news for the office market in the CBD, along with the office markets on the Westbank and in Metairie. Healthy N.O.-area office market bucks national trend New Orleans CityBusiness article
  9. Good to see 930 Poydras getting more local attention. Hopefully an official rendering will pop up soon as well!
  10. Here is a rendering of the City Park Great Lawn, and the layout for the entire project:
  11. From what I remember reading earlier in the year, the BioInnovation Center was supposed to break ground sometime in late summer/3rd quarter 2008, so that may well be what you're seeing. That would be great!
  12. Zephyr Field in the CBD would have been great, but I don't know where they would have been able to put it. That vacant lot on Tchoupitoulas behind the convention center would have been a great location, but there would have been major parking issues in the area. The stadium parking lot on Airline takes up more space than the stadium itself. Wrigleyville in Chicago is great, and something around the Dome with an atmosphere even remotely close to Wrigleyville would be a huge improvement. We need something that can draw people during the summer, but can improve Saints and Hornets gamedays for all ages.
  13. Thanks for adding Lake Charles to the thread, Richy! It's been quite some time since I've been through that area. Here are two more New Orleans skyline shots. The first is courtesy of "woob" of the Shreveport and Birmingham forums here at UP. He is known as CK'sPhoto on Flickr. This was taken from the I-10 highrise over the Industrial Canal: The second is a shot of the NOLA CBD from over the CBD with what I believe is the newest USS New Orleans in the foreground:
  14. Here's a great photo of the I-10 bridge over the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge. This one popped up on my Flickr page and is courtesy of lolowar.
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