Tulane University - Jambalaya Yearbook (New Orleans, LA)

 - Class of 1981

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yi li [ ; nihtt ■■, m New Orleans ' -■ ' 7?? ' Yoii tell your family and friends about the Times Picayune States Item: Mardi Gras Parade Routes on Page 1, International terrorism on Page 7, and green pages in the final edition. You describe how politicans attack each other ' s mothers on T.V. around election time, how no insult is too low if it will get the job done. A crazy notion inspires you to show dad a New Orleanian left turn from the right lane, and he doesn ' t think it ' s funny at all. In the end you fail. You can no more convey your New Orleans than they can abandon their ' s. New Orleans ' traditions have been literally shaped and surrounded by water. The " City That Came From The Sea " is bounded by the waters of Lake Pontchar- train and the silty flow of the Mississippi River. The metropolitan area itself is buih on reclaimed marsh and delta land, land which averages a mushy three feet below sea level. Only drainage canals, levees and pumping stations tackle " the nation ' s toughest drainage job " and keep the city from being submerged entirely. Yet, despite frequent flooding problems. New Orleanians seem to have made the best of a wet situation. The Mississippi River has provided the city with the largest port (in terms of tonnage) in the United States. The Port of New Orleans offloads seven miUion tons of cargo from the 5100 vessels arriving annually. The docks yield an estimated fifteen billion dollars in foreign trade each year, and with the proposed dredging of the river channel for increased coal tonnage, the city is destined to be one of the most important fresh water ports in the world. Lake Pontchartrain, which stretches along the city ' s northern boundary, has also served New Orleans well. The lake is the focus of the city ' s aquatic recreation; Lakeshore Drive and the seawall are perpetually teeming with sunbathers enjoying the wide grassy expanse, fishermen taking advantage of the abundant aquatic life, and boaters gliding along the rippled surface of the lake that is spanned by the world ' s longest bridge, the Causeway. The city has thrived in its watery environment. The marshes, swamplands, bayous and shallow lakes are endowed with a precise ecosystem that provides vast quantities of seafood to the city. Oil, another precious natural resource, springs from the not-too-distant Gulf, bringing people and money into New Orleans. Although water is the city ' s worst natural enemy, if it has not been conquered, it has as least been befriended. 294

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Jazz musicians parade in front of St. Louis Cathedral. St. Louis Cathedral was the first Roman CathoUc church built in New Orleans. 293



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A City Surrounded by Water Sailboats are kept at both Southern Yacht Club and the Municipal docks. Reflecting off the Mississippi, the Natchez is overshadowed by the Hilton Hotel. Twisting thru New Orleans, the Mississippi is vital to the City ' s economy. Lake Pontchartrain is shown with the causeway in the background. 295

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