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The French Quarter Who can separate their experience at Tulane from their feelings about New Orleans? Maybe a hermit locked in a room on the 12th floor of Monroe or a computer science major locked into his terminal, but most of us discover as much in New Orleans as we do in our books and with half the effort. At first these discoveries are large and fundamental; then as we learn to live here, they become more and more subtle, less and less easy to explain to others. From Esplanade to Canal, from Rampart to the River, the French Quarter is a study in extremes. In the Vieux Carre one can dine in the antique sophistication of Antoine ' s or the dingy darkness of Buster Holmes, drink Hurricanes on the Patio at Pat O ' Brien ' s or buy a bucket of beer for a dollar in an alley-bar. Clean-cut George Pinola entertains with his horn in the Blue Angel, and nappy little project kids tap-dance on the sidewalk for pennies. The French Quarter is mostly known for its night-life — the bars. Dixieland jazz, bawdy night-clubs, female impersonators, and neon lights — the sounds of the City That Care Forgot. Yet beneath the gaudy exterior, there is another French Quarter, yet another extreme. This is one of real people of true ambience, with a sense of the past and of tradition. The heady fragrance of fresh produce down at the French Market, the street musicians and performers in front of the Cabildo, and the leisurely pace of the ferry back and forth across the river, all combine with the glitter to make the French Quarter. 290
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The Central Business District Situated in the heart of the city, the Superdome is a spectacle which must be seen to be appreciated. The design is an architect ' s dream, a 52 acre sculpture of concrete, aluminum, and ceramic tile. A monument on every tour of the city. Since its conception, the Dome has been a source of controversy. First it was the cost over-runs during construction which led to a final price tag of approximately 163 million dollars, far more than can ever be financed from revenues. Then came the political pressure that forced Tulane to play all of its home football games there, against the wishes of the student body. Some six years after its completion it remains a source of much heated discussion. Today Tulane football fans have come to accept the Dome as their home. The argument that Tulane cannot support a winning football team that doesn ' t play in the Tulane Stadium has been disproved for the second year in a row. What people seldom think about is the positive effect the construction of the Dome has had on the city. The major events that the Dome attracts, the Superbowl for example, provide additional revenue for a city heavily dependent on tourism. But more subtle is the effect on the city itself. It started a trend. It was the beginning of a building boom which has turned around what was previously a run down area of the city. The new buildings that continued to spring up have provided much new industry, not just in their construction but also in the business that they house. One look down Poydras street will prove it. I gal parking spaces are a valued commoclily in all parts of the tily. loweririK above the rest of the New Orleans skyline. One Shell Scjuare ' s forty one stories make it the tallest building In the city. The New Orleans skyline is surrounded by an intricate maze of raised highways. The Supcrdumc has become invaluable to both Tulane and the city. LSU-Tulane, Sugar Bowl, and Superbowl football games are played there. 289
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Street signs designate one of New Orleans ' historic spots. Art cilleries line many streets throughout the Quarter. Street performers entertain tourists in Jackson Square. Musicbas gather on milk crates and doorsteps to play together. 291
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