Hating Bourbon Street

In the spirit of Mardi Gras, this Design Observer article shares not only an interesting history of Bourbon Street but also great insight into the debate of authenticity. Central to historic preservation theory, this idea appears in many of my classes — either in establishing the integrity of a place or in questioning the appropriateness of an adaptive-reuse project. As I leave for Ecuador tomorrow as part of my Urban Regeneration course, I am certain I will be looking for signs of uniqueness and originality in Quito, a World Heritage Site. Check back for a post about the trip!

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