To attend this field trip you must register in advance at the AAG on-site registration desk (Mardi Gras Ballroom, 3rd floor, Marriott). All field trips depart from the Canal St. entrance of the New Orleans Marriott.
F3_2 A Walking Tour of New Orleans: Insights into The Crescent City
Organizer: Jonah White, Michigan State University & Diganta Das, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University Singapore
This tour will introduce Geographers to the City of New Orleans, with particular focus on the history, architecture, and development of the French Quarter, or Vieux Carré. This area is the site of original European settlement of the city and offers an exciting opportunity to engage a number of issues relevant to regional development and planning. Sponsored by the Regional Development and Planning specialty group, the guided tour will be led by Tim Jackson, Planning Administrator from New Orleans City Planning Commission, and Bryan Block, Executive Director of New Orleans Vieux Carré Commission. The tour will traverse approximately 2.5 miles in 3 hours and begin with a visit to Washington Artillery Park, the original landing site by Bienville in 1718; then continue on to Jackson Square, home of St. Louis Cathedral which is the oldest cathedral in the US. Next, the tour visits the oldest public market in the US, the French Market, before moving on to Madame John’s Legacy to witness an excellent example of Louisiana Creole residential design at the end of the 18th century. We will visit Armstrong Park/Congo Square which is considered to be the place where jazz music was born as well as the world famous St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. These stops, in addition to a number of others, will help paint a picture of the social and cultural diversity that make the French Quarter one of the most unique districts in the US. Participants will leave this guided walking tour with a deeper appreciation for the Vieux Carré Historic District and its significance in the broader cultural landscape of the United States.
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