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New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape
In his now classic work of historical geography, published in 1976, Lewis traces the rise and expansion of New Orleans through four major historic periods. This revised and greatly expanded second edition brings that story up-to-date, illustrating how the city continues to overcome its site on the Mississippi Delta - a fearsome place, difficult enough for building houses,...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 29th 2003 by Center for American Places
(first published January 1st 1976)
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Aug 07, 2011 Redsteve rated it 3 of 5 stars
Very interesting. An account (actually two books by the same author- one written in 1976 and one written in 2003) of how the City of New Orleans evoloved into its current form - based on geology, weather, economics, sociology, etc. It takes a clear-eyed look at the Crescent City's virtues and its failings - where it is, where it's been and where it's heading.