TO: The Leadership of New Orleans
This initial email went to Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Commissioners
Arnie Fielkow, Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, Kristin Gisleson Palmer,
Susan Guidry, Stacy Head, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell of the City of New Orleans
on 1300 Perdido Street, Suite 2E04, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
FM: A friend of New Orleans, Bruce Camber
RE: Economic development, possibly a new idea, based on a simple fact
We all have heard that New Orleans is located on the GPS coordinates, 30°N, 90°W and in fact the exact location is just off the Interstate 10, over in East Orleans, right on the Terminal Road, between the Intracoastal Waterway (IW) and Almonaster Street. It appears to be land owned by the Port of New Orleans. Abutters include the Army Corps of Engineers, CSX, and other independent businesses.
It is a good site to create a new definition of the new New Orleans. There are no other cities in the world that actively use their GPS coordinates effectively. And, increasingly, those GPS coordinates will be used for virtually anything that requires being located.
This site could become a major tourist attraction. Within this location could be businesses, hotels, docks, nightclubs, restaurants, and luxury-and-multi-income homes that give the entire area a substantial lift. There are other developments related to the film industry and rapid-construction-and-infrastructure development that we might discuss at a later date.
Of course, it has challenges.
The huge railway parking area is a challenge. It is zoned Industrial. But looked at correctly, all challenges can become positives.
Already, there are a few designations of the 30/90 that confirm its rising importance and value. Just over in the right column there are three links to extended descriptions and pictures.
First, this email is a letter of introduction. Second, this is concept that I would love to see my new city develop. Now I happen to live in River Ridge, but our zip code, 70123 is a New Orleans zip code and we are always "...from New Orleans."
Now, I am originally from Boston, my wife from San Diego, but her sister is married to a favorite son, so we moved here to be closer to family.
Back to this concept... it did not come out of the blue.
I have a working proposal with UNESCO's World Heritage Sites to designate the world's most simple GPS sites as potential future sites based on maximizing each location in a way commensurate with site qualifications.
I thought you might find this note to be of some interest. If you do, I would be most willing to come by and discuss it further.
More pictures (notice seven links by other visitors) Click on the map to go to Wikimapia Closer