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Introduction to potentials within a GPS development project

Index and Table of Contents

1. Why? Why should New Orleans take a leadership role?
    a. City as a Thought Leader in a Global Community

    b. Integrative Thinking Guides Development and Design

    c. New Paradigms for Sister Cities Programs

    d. Bridging the Quantitative-Qualitative Divide
        Everything and anything 30/90.
        (1)  Birthdays, Anniversaries
        (2)  Weights, Heights, and any and all measurements
        (3)  Special Day:  90° F is 32.3° C
               and 30° C is 86° F  so each could be a special day.
        (4)  Other Special Days: 30th of a month
               and the 30th and 90th day of each year.

2.  How?  What is the larger financial picture?
    a. The 30/90 Square and the 30/90 Starting Place
        (1) Define a series of development phases
        (2) Invitation for global architectural competition
              for the primary block
        (3) Technology Infrastructures (open WiFi Channels)

    b. Entertainment Areas
    c. Restaurants Areas
    d. Commercial/office spaces
    e. Residential areas
    f. The Studios and Production Studios
    g. The Wharfs, walkways and recreation areas
    h. Security

3.  Who?  Who should be involved?
    a. Economic Development:
        (1) City - Parish - State
        (2) Business
        (3) World Bank, International Monetary Fund

    b. Media
    c. Education
    d. Construction and Architecture
    e. More to come ...  

The evolution of an idea

March 2009:   First online exploration

April  2010:  The most simple GPS positions

May 2010:   Wanted - New Entrepreneurs

July 2010:   New Orleans is at the 30/90

At the start of every project all the initial assumptions should be questioned and the preliminary business plans carefully scrutinized.  Questions require answers  and the details of every answer need to be reviewed many times.  Only in so doing can mistakes be avoided.  Some mistakes will still be made yet hopefully the more expensive mistakes can be caught

In that light, this introduction, little more than idea, will take shape and progress within view of the general public.  Therefore, this document is dynamic.  It will be continually updated as the "who, what, why, when, where,  how, and how much" as questions are answered and refined.

A Local Model:  Where is New Orleans?  Why should I go there? 

Location, Location, Location   Historically locations were defined by their use and the quality of the location was determined by its history. As a location was increasingly associated as a hub for business and living, the more valuable  it became. The center of a town or city was most often the most expensive real estate. 

In the old model, the continuity equations were time dependent.

The Global Positioning System (GPS)  Technology is changing that value equation dramatically. Locations are now scientifically defined.  An inexpensive GPS device can determine a location within inches. Increasingly the most valuable GPS locations are quickly and easily understood and remembered. 

If the numbers have explicit and implicit meanings, the value of that location goes up.  

30° North Latitude 90°E Longitude aka The 30-90. There is only one spot on earth that is 30N, 90W and that is New Orleans.  The exact location is in East New Orleans near the Intracoastal Waterway and not far from the Industrial Canal.

Most every GPS device in the world would take you within feet of the exact same location.  

The Old New Orleans.  By the 1840s  the city had  become one of the country's most important populous and wealthy.  Throughout its colorful history, it has bounced back from fires, hurricanes and political scandals.  

Yet, never has its name (in honor of the Regent of France, Philip II, Duke of Orléans)  been a focus for cultivating the city's brand or some aspect of its essential vitality or its raison d'être.  Of course, the vibrancy of the city's Mississippi River Ports and distribution centers, its cuisine, and its history around Mardi Gras has.

These pages propose to deepen and broaden the reason for New Orleans in such a way as to lay a foundation for the next 300 years.  One of the goals of this preliminary analysis is to lay a foundation by which all this city's negatives can actually become positives and all her positives become much more richly textured.

The New New Orleans at the 30/90....