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The Listening Post Asks: What Era Of New Orleans Would You Revisit?

New Orleans is making 300 this year, so we've been thinking about our city's past, present, and future. We asked:

1)    If you could get in a time machine, what moment in time would you go back to see? Why?

2)    If you could travel ahead in the future, what would you hope to see in New Orleans? Why?

We got far more great responses than could fit in the show.  Here are some of our favorites or you can check out a more comprehensive list here.

1)    I would go back to 1727 to meet the Ursuline sisters that came from France. I would love to see their strength and fortitude, establishing a hospital in this wild and male-dominated city.

2)    A better highway system. The highrise is so outdated it’s a gamble every time you go to it. Chances are a wreck, or a breakdown, where that thing should have 5lanes with emergency shoulder lane. A modern shopping mall in the New Orleans east area, movie theater, bowling lanes. Sound barrier walls or a fence where you couldn’t see all the poverty, through the New Orleans area , looks like the highways were improved all the way to Bonnable, stopped then got better after Bullard, a slap in the face for the taxpayers here. Better paying jobs, cheaper rent. Better streets in all neighborhoods, better light synchronization. No bike lanes where it takes an entire lane away from an already too big population. Cheaper auto insurance, my god the list is endless.

The Listening Post project seeks to establish a two-way conversation with the citizens of New Orleans. Participants can both contribute thoughts and commentary about important issues in their neighborhoods, and also receive news and information important to local communities. Join the conversation by calling or texting "Hello" to (504) 303-4348.

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Thomas Walsh is an independent radio producer and audio engineer who lives in New Orleans. You'll see him around town recording music, podcasts, short films, live events and radio features. He's practically glued to his headphones. A movie geek to his core, he's seen every film listed on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies and would love to talk to you about them.

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