The 1984 New Orleans World's Fair, Louisiana (Images of America Series)

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In 1984, the city of New Orleans hosted the last world's fair held in the United States. Conceived as part of an ambitious effort to revitalize a dilapidated section of the city and establish New Orleans as a year-round tourist destination, it took more than 12 years of political intrigue and design changes before the gates finally opened. Stretching 84 acres along the Mississippi River, the fair entertained more than seven million guests with a colorful collection of pavilions, rides, and restaurants during its...
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In 1984, the city of New Orleans hosted the last world's fair held in the United States. Conceived as part of an ambitious effort to revitalize a dilapidated section of the city and establish New Orleans as a year-round tourist destination, it took more than 12 years of political intrigue and design changes before the gates finally opened. Stretching 84 acres along the Mississippi River, the fair entertained more than seven million guests with a colorful collection of pavilions, rides, and restaurants during its six-month run. While most world's fairs lose money, the 1984 New Orleans World's Fair had the dubious distinction of going bankrupt and almost closing early. However, the $350-million investment did succeed in bringing new life to the area, which is now home to the city's convention center and a bustling arts district.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738568560
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 1/5/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,391,418
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Author Bill Cotter is a longtime fan of world's fairs, an interest that started with his first visit to the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. He has been fortunate enough to attend several fairs around the world and capture these fleeting experiences on film. His early days at the 1964 fair started him on a career that includes working with the Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers, and Universal Studios.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Bringing the World to New Orleans 9

2 Centennial Plaza 25

3 Fulton Street Mall 39

4 Festival Park 47

5 Bayou Plaza 53

6 The Great Hall 69

7 International Riverfront 83

8 The Wonderwall 107

9 Problems and Promises 113

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