"How does the study of a city's history affect decisions that move a city toward a sustainable future?"
The history of our city reflects the values that shaped the area over a certain time period. Studying this history and these values allows us to evaluate and compare choices today select a course for the future to reflect our current values.
A week ago (September 2, 2014) we went to The Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter. We were introduced to an app that allows us to take archived photos of buildings from the area around us, and super-impose them over a picture of the same building today. I enjoyed seeing the comparison of "What was and what is." It was also very educational seeing the difference from the past to the present and being allowed to see exactly what has been removed, altered, or added to these buildings. I can definitely see this app being used on a school field trip or in an architecture class in a high school or college. I am very interested to see where this app goes in the future and what other pictures are added on.
My family has lived in New Orleans for six generations. We have strong ties to the city and I feel a sense of pride in my New Orleans ancestry. My family is very close knit and we often tell and share stories of our deep rooted connection and love of our city. I find it interesting to discover my family's strong ties to local hospitals, synagogues, colleges and schools. I am especially excited that I might be able to participate in the New Orleans Scholars program because it will offer me the chance to learn more about how I can begin to give back to the city that I have very deep roots in.