POSTED Wed. Feb 12, 2014
'Framing Cities' begins today at Tulane.
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN
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I asked a West Bank born and bred friend of mine what he thought about the frequent panels and lectures on the changing face of New Orleans and the general state of the city. He chuckled and said: “More white people trying not to feel bad about moving into black people neighborhoods.”

A bit grim, but I had to laugh along, even if I think great panel discussions have come out of these symposiums. Anyways, those city planning and urban policy wonks at it again! Starting today, Tulane is hosting Framing Cities: Understanding Equities of Place, a three day event that addresses the environment, culture, education, economy and civil society of urban spaces around the world. That said, New Orleans will obviously feature in the conversation, being host to the conference and a petri dish of its discussion material besides, and tonight’s keynote speaker, Dr. Andy Pratt, will be speaking on the creative economy and the Crescent City from 6:30-8pm. The event is organized by the students of Tulane University’s City, Culture and Community doctoral program, and sponsored in part by the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development Program within Tulane’s School of Architecture.

And to respond to my buddy in an online space: sure, the cliché of the hand wringing gentrification generation has a grain of truth. But better that we as a city have these panels, and try and make something of them, then proceed like other towns do: without any sort of reflection, planning or forethought. New Orleans will change, like it or not, and here’s hoping we attempt that change with a sense of strategy and community responsibility.

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