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New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape [Hardcover]

New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape [Hardcover]

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This classic work in historical geography, first published in 1976 and then issued by the Center for American Places as a Second Edition in 2003, recounts the evolution of New Orleans from its founding as a European city in the early seventeenth century up to the present time, including in this edition updates on how Hurricane Katrina has affected the city. The city's geographic location -- -- at the entry to the Mississippi, North America's largest river -- has helped to shape the economic, social, and demographic character of New Orleans for nearly 300 years. In the midst of the Mississippi's huge, swampy delta, the city's inhabitants have confronted an array of seemingly impossible environmental challenges. In meeting them, the city's diverse ethnic groups -- French, Spanish, Anglo-American, and African American residents -- created a place with a history and culture unlike any other in North America. Here presented in a Third Edition that includes new material and photographs on the effects of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape tells the story of how this remarkable city acquired its special personality and geographic shape, and what challenges now lie ahead for its civic revival.

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Pages   328
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 10, 2007
Publisher   Center for American Places
ISBN  1930066600  
ISBN13  9781930066601  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peirce F. Lewis is Professor Emeritus of Geography at Pennsylvania State University. His writings on the American landscape have been published widely.

Peirce F. Lewis was born in 1927.

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New Orleans-Making An Urban Landscape  Sep 21, 2005
New Orleans is an "inevitable city on an impossible
site" is what Pierce Lewis said in his book Making Of An Urban Landscape.

I would add to that "an inevitable party on an impossible site by illicite and illogical people.'

Most of what is there now was not there prior to WWII. The early settlers (1699) understood the land and built appropriately.

If anyone is to blame it is the French! But it is a most wonderful book about the growth and development of a wonderful city.


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