"How does the study of a city's history affect decisions that move a city toward a sustainable future?"
A thorough understanding of our city's history can contribute to the sustainability of future, because history is simply a series of analyzed patterns. Studying our past is critical to effectively changing the course of our future, and without this knowledge, progress cannot be achieved and failure is inevitable.
New Orleans has deep ties to immigration. From French and Spanish colonization, to a large German immigrant population and strong Cuban influence, New Orleans was built on a basis that was susceptible to new ideas and traditions. Today you can still see the diversity as you walk the streets of the city. You can find people from all over.
This photo of St. Louis and Royal St. makes me wonder if life was completely different in New Orleans nearly sixty years ago. The citizens walking down the street pass by an endless variety of restaurants, and trucks use the street as a thoroughfare just like today. This picture also showcases the modern sprawl of New Orleans' fairly new horizon in the heart of our city.
I like to say I grew up in the world. I've lived in metropolitan areas, in the suburbs, and nearly rural places like Fairbanks. I grew up in very stable settings, but I feel like kids these days take too much advantage of that. I think New Orleans has great potential to solve a lot of its problems and thrive because it's such a diverse city. That's what makes New Orleans so great, its diversity and it's long history of being diverse. I think my education more than anything has taught me the value of being able to solve problems as a group. This particular aspect of school could contribute to me helping the future of our city because it takes more than one force coming together to really solve a problem. Many times, people do not have proper social skills necessary to carry out group work successfully. I believe I bring that skill set to the table.