Monday, September 17, 2007
Cranes In the Sky
While you don't see a gaggle of "cranes in the sky" around New Orleans during the reconstruction, you do run across a lot of construction sites. Nearly every downtown building has been renovated after the storm to the tune of several million dollars each. It wouldn't be hard to come up with an estimate of more than a billion dollars already spent on downtown buildings.
Of particular note is the downtown hotels, almost all of which have a new sparkling appearance inside -- from the lobby to new furniture. Examples : Hilton Riverside $42 million, Marriott $38 million, Wyndham $9 million.
I've been watching this particular construction project from my office window and just happened to drive by it for this shot. They are adding several stories to the building.