After years of neglect, and the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' Lakefront seems to be surging back. Local real estate expert, Wade Ragas, says the Lakefront, from east of Elysian Fields as far east Little Woods, has long been an overlooked and underdeveloped asset.
"There's only so much waterfront available in the New Orleans area," says Ragas. "And, for a variety of reasons, we haven't fully utilized the waterfront in Jefferson. So, that leaves the opportunity for Orleans."
On February 10, 1934 more than 10,000 visitors from the United States, foreign countries and local New Orleanians attended the dedication of an airport that was to be "the Air Hub of the Americas".
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NEW ORLEANS -- Art restoration expert Elise Grenier and her team are saving 80-year-old murals of Paris and New York that have been covered for decades after Lakefront Airport was renovated in the 1960s.
"This is meticulous work," Grenier said. "Inch by inch we're removing layers of time, and man made damage, and so on to the paintings, and they're actually in very good condition underneath."
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“My favorite is the New Orleans to Destin flight. Shortly after takeoff, you start seeing the islands off the coast of Louisiana. Then from [the] Chandeleur Island[s] on to Ship Island, and before you know it, you’re crossing the mouth of Mobile Bay and Fort Morgan and over the Ferris wheel at the wharf in Orange Beach. You see the coastline all the way to Destin.”
Clancy DuBos, Jim Tucker, City Councilmember Jared Brossett, Wilma Heaton and City Councilmember James Gray at "Save the Murals" at New Orleans Lakefront Airport, Mon. Feb. 9, 2015. (photo by Harold Spinner; supplied by Save the Murals)
"Return to Flight"
The Lakefront Airport terminal in New Orleans is undergoing a complete restoration returning the building to its original Art Deco appearance and grandeur. Filmmaker Bess Carrick's documentary, Return Flight, will chronicle this remarkable, once in a lifetime restoration of one of the very few remaining Art Deco terminal buildings left in the United States...