Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2011 9:15 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The abandoned former Six Flags amusement park in eastern New Orleans could become either an upscale outlet mall or an amusement park, based on the results of a meeting Tuesday of the committee convened to decide the fate of the 150-acre site. The five-member committee met for about three hours and ultimately whittled down the original list of eight proposals to two.
Read more from The Times-Picayune.
I like the first idea (outlet mall/entertainment area). Having been a resident of the New Orleans area, I think that it might be a little bit out of the way for people, but I could see something like Kemah Boardwalk popping up and being moderately successful when coupled with a place to shop.
What is wrong with people? SFNO isn't built on land. It's surrounded on all sides by swamp. It's literally one of the last easternmost things before you hit the gulf. I guess when another hurricane comes and knocks over this new proposal, maybe then people will learn. But I doubt it.
If SFNO only had the hurricane to worry about, it would have likely reopened after some renovations. It was the massive flooding caused by the failed levees that ruined SFNO.
And the lack of insurance payouts to SFI probably didn't help.
From an urban planning perspective the consequences of more development here are numerous and horrible. I'm beginning to think they don't have urban planners in Louisiana, and if they do, they all should be fired.
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