Time and Place in New Orleans: Past Geographies in the Present Day

4.3 avg rating
( 10 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781565549913: Time and Place in New Orleans: Past Geographies in the Present Day

New Orleans seems to occupy a special geography as unique as its spicy cuisine or its spirited jazz music.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

New Orleans, Louisiana, a culturally rich, historically significant community, is unlike any other urban center in America. Natives and newcomers alike are charmed by its shady boulevards and architecturally distinct neighborhoods, or faubourgs. However, visitors are often confused when directed to "drive uptown (or upriver)" and look for some attraction "on the lakeside" of the street. New Orleans occupies a special geography as unique as its spicy cuisine or its spirited jazz. In Time and Place in New Orleans, Richard Campanella explores the influence of New Orleans' singular topography and geography on the city's growth and development.

In the first section, Campanella chronicles the problematic founding of the city. Early European settlers struggled against malarial mosquitoes and hostile swampland as they sought to establish a commercial post near the mouth of the Mississippi. Sites as far away as present-day Natchez were attempted before New Orleans took root in its permanent location.

Next, Campanella examines the precarious topography that formed New Orleans and inspired its nickname, the Crescent City. Situated between the imposing Lake Pontchartrain and a curve in the mighty Mississippi River, the early city clung to a narrow crest of higher ground. As New Orleans expanded, developers were forced to reclaim usable land from both the river and the swamp. The city's high water table and below-sea-level situation resulted in not only basement-less homes, but also in the great levees and complex drainage systems. These bold structures, advanced feats of engineering genius when they were constructed, still protect New Orleans today.

In his final chapter, Campanella takes a unique approach and explains how the city's geography informed its culture. He explores the cultural elements that defined the New Orleans cityscape, discussing paths, edges, districts, nodes, and landmarks. The influence of the city's location on its development is everywhere, from the maze of its old-fashioned street pattern to the shifting importance of its dominant industrial centers.

By focusing on the geographical history, Richard Campanella has written a history of New Orleans like no other. A valuable case study for civil engineers and city planners, Time and Place in New Orleans is also an innovative and readable history, sure to interest anyone fascinated by the Crescent City.

Richard Campanella is the assistant director of environmental analysis at the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier Universities. His first book, coauthored with his wife, Marina, was New Orleans Then and Now, also available from Pelican. The New Orleans Times-Picayune selected it as one of the best local books of 1999.

Praise for New Orleans Then and Now:

"A splendidly researched example of the evolution of an American city."
--The Bloomsbury Review

"The Campanellas seemed to have turned over every stone, reached into every cranny to turn up historical minutiae on their subject. . . . The logistics of the Campanellas' task are almost mind-blowing. . . . [New Orleans Then and Now] is a fascinating tour from faubourg to river, from canal to lake."
--Hammond Daily Star

"A detailed study in architectural contrast and urban change . . . a thorough history of the city's development."
--AB Bookman's Weekly

"An important and well-researched book . . . an excellent introduction . . . a wealth of informative text and images . . . New Orleans Then and Now is a must for local history buffs and preservationists."
--New Orleans Times-Picayune

"A photo album as unique as its subject . . . a photographic documentation of a century and a half of changes in New Orleans . . . painstakingly photographed."
--Gambit Weekly

"An almost block-by-block comparison of the city . . . gives an interesting view of history, urbanism, and preservation (or lack thereof)."
--Society of Architectural Historians--Southern California Chapter

"Magnificently illustrated . . . [New Orleans Then and Now] is highly recommended for students of architecture, history, urban development and historic preservation."
--The Midwest Book Review

From the Back Cover:

The fate of New Orleans, Louisiana has always been influenced by the city's unlikely geography. Perched on a narrow ridge in a vast swamp, bordered to the north by Lake Pontchartrain and almost encircled by the Mississippi River, the city and its history were shaped by topography.

In 1722, a failing company struggling in a remote wilderness relocated its primitive headquarters for the sixth time in twenty-three years. A little over a century later, that settlement, with its ornate Opera House and flourishing Vieux Carr�, was one of the most opulent and important cities on the continent. Today on that site, a vibrant and culturally rich community turns its eyes to the future, while nineteenth-century pumping stations literally keep the city above water.

Time has dealt New Orleans its share of triumph and tragedy, of rises and falls. The long, tumultuous story that has transpired upon this magnificent crescent of the Mississippi has produced one of the world's most interesting cities. New Orleans stands as an urban oasis in the swamps, a nexus of the American interior and the Gulf of Mexico, a unique metropolis embodying a history and a geography like few other places.

By using maps, aerial images, bird's-eye perspectives, photographs, charts, and text derived from a wide range of historical data, Richard Campanella explores the unusual geographical circumstances underlying this fascinating city. Time and Place in New Orleans celebrates the patterns and distributions of the city's human geography and the vestiges of the past alive in its streets today.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Campanella, Richard
ISBN 10: 1565549910 ISBN 13: 9781565549913
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2002. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9781565549913

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 30.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Richard Campanella
Published by Pelican Publishing Co, United States (2002)
ISBN 10: 1565549910 ISBN 13: 9781565549913
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pelican Publishing Co, United States, 2002. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This book proves that New Orleans is indeed defined by its location. Sandwiched between the imposing Lake Pontchartrain and a curve in the mighty Mississippi River, the original settlement clung to a narrow crescent of high ground; this situation inspired the nickname, the Crescent City. From the city s problematic founding (the site was moved six times in twenty-three years) to its present reliance on century-old pumping stations, Richard Campanella explores the influence of New Orleans singular topography and geography on the city s growth and development. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9781565549913

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 41.12
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Campanella, Richard
Published by Pelican Publishing (2002)
ISBN 10: 1565549910 ISBN 13: 9781565549913
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pelican Publishing, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 1565549910

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 39.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Richard Campanella
Published by Pelican Publishing Co, United States (2002)
ISBN 10: 1565549910 ISBN 13: 9781565549913
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pelican Publishing Co, United States, 2002. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This book proves that New Orleans is indeed defined by its location. Sandwiched between the imposing Lake Pontchartrain and a curve in the mighty Mississippi River, the original settlement clung to a narrow crescent of high ground; this situation inspired the nickname, the Crescent City. From the city s problematic founding (the site was moved six times in twenty-three years) to its present reliance on century-old pumping stations, Richard Campanella explores the influence of New Orleans singular topography and geography on the city s growth and development. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9781565549913

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 42.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Campanella, Richard
Published by Pelican Publishing
ISBN 10: 1565549910 ISBN 13: 9781565549913
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pelican Publishing. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1565549910. Bookseller Inventory # Z1565549910ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 46.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Richard Campanella
ISBN 10: 1565549910 ISBN 13: 9781565549913
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardcover. Winner of the 2002 Joseph A. Arrigo Local Book of the Year presented by the New Orleans Gulf-South Booksellers Association Campanella has a gift for making a wealth of technical informatio.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 204 pages. 1.524. Bookseller Inventory # 9781565549913

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 47.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Richard Campanella
Published by Pelican Publishing Co (2002)
ISBN 10: 1565549910 ISBN 13: 9781565549913
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pelican Publishing Co, 2002. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9781565549913

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 37.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.93
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Richard Campanella
Published by Pelican Publishing Co
ISBN 10: 1565549910 ISBN 13: 9781565549913
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pelican Publishing Co. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9781565549913

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 44.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.20
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Campanella, Richard
Published by Pelican Publishing
ISBN 10: 1565549910 ISBN 13: 9781565549913
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pelican Publishing. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1565549910 Special order direct from the distributor. Bookseller Inventory # ING9781565549913

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 47.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Richard Campanella
Published by Pelican Publishing (2002)
ISBN 10: 1565549910 ISBN 13: 9781565549913
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pelican Publishing, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1565549910

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 57.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book