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Fire Escapes New Orleans
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© Christine Till
If you only spend a few hours in New Orleans, do it in the exquisitely picturesque French Quarter. In these 80 city blocks, the colonial empires of France, Spain, and, to a lesser extent, Britain, intersected with the emerging American nation. It's called the Vieux Carrr "old square," but somehow it's timeless - recognizably old while vibrantly alive.
Today's residents and merchants are stewards of a rich tradition of individuality, creativity, and disregard for many of the concerns of the world beyond.
At one time, fire escapes ladders mounted to the outside of buildings were a very important aspect of fire safety for all new construction in urban areas; more recently, however, they have fallen out of common use. Who wants to climb them?
December 12th, 2013
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