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NOLA.com's Sad, Exciting Predictions for New Orleans' Future

As New Orleans approaches the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the city is looking in the past and future to see how far we've come and how far we have to go. In that reflective spirit NOLA.com posed a question to a group of local experts: What will New Orleans be 20 or 30 years from now? The answers, as expected, are both optimistic and quite sad.

The article surveyed nine New Orleanians with stakes in the city, including architects, advocates, historians, business leaders and educators. You should read the whole article, but I'll sum up their responses, grouped by "good" and "bad":

In 20-30 years, New Orleans will be ...

Good:
- More bike-friendly
- More developed around the Mississippi River
- Less racist
- More Holland-like
- Even more gentrified/revitalized

Bad:
- Underwater
- A peninsula
- In a different location altogether
- Even more gentrified/revitalized

Cool!

· Sunken city or surging metropolis? 9 visions for the future of New Orleans [NOLA.com]