"How does the study of a city's history affect decisions that move a city toward a sustainable future?"
The history of a city often sheds more light on possibilities in the future than predictions ever can. By examining what has happened in the past, a more reliable idea of what can happen in the future can be drawn. Habits transform into tradition, and new senses of culture and place in the world are created based on past actions of a city. Studying the history of a city is instrumental in moving forward and moving towards progress.
Since New Orleans is a port city, cultures from all around the world converge into a melting pot of experiences and traditions. These cultures that immigrate to the city create an atmosphere of diversity that generates evolved ideas and values in the population. Different people interact with each other and learn more about themselves and the world around them just by living in New Orleans which is not found in many places.
This photo of the corner of St. Louis and Royal immediately evokes nostalgia. The old scene in the center of the picture is starkly contrasted by the high-rise in the top left corner. The old buggies in the center create an astounding anachronism between themselves and the CBD pictured behind them.
My parents moved to New Orleans 17 years ago and have lived here ever since. New Orleans is an extremely unique city. Because of this, unique approaches need to be implemented to fix the problems that this city faces. My education and the education of my peers is paramount to the fate of the Crescent City because a large amount of the citizens of New Orleans were born and raised within city limits. To be clear: the education of the youth of the New Orleans has a direct correlation to the growth of the city as a whole.