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    New Venice ?

    Apparently, New Orleans has 87 miles of canals that are visible and 85 miles underground. Some 25 - 30 feet wide. Canal Street, once the widest street in the world, was planned for a canal in the median, but never built. By contrast, Venice has 28 miles of canals.

    Opportunity or dilemma? Dyke and pump and pour billions upon billions of US dollars until the next hurricane wipes Orleans off the map, or rebuild a City of Canals?

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    new venice

    I agree heartily with your idea. by the way, I too am a planner on vancouver island. Campbell River, to be exact.

    Adam Fitch

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    Quote Originally posted by KEViNO
    Apparently, New Orleans has 87 miles of canals that are visible and 85 miles underground. Some 25 - 30 feet wide. Canal Street, once the widest street in the world, was planned for a canal in the median, but never built. By contrast, Venice has 28 miles of canals.

    Opportunity or dilemma? Dyke and pump and pour billions upon billions of US dollars until the next hurricane wipes Orleans off the map, or rebuild a City of Canals?
    Actually Canal Street was a canal. Hundreds of Irish immigrants died of yellow fever digging it (slaves were considered too valuable to risk for such hazardous work). It was filled in years later when horse-drawn street cars became in vogue.
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    This is one of the first good, unique ideas I have heard come from discussions of rebuilding. It may or may not be practical, but at least it is not another "do not rebuild" diatribe. New Orleans will be rebuilt. It is only a question of what the new city will look like. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop
    Hundreds of Irish immigrants died of yellow fever digging it (slaves were considered too valuable to risk for such hazardous work).
    Do you have a citation for this claim of fact?

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