Tulane geographer gives New Orleans something to talk about

October 10, 2013 11:05 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin

Richard Campanella, a Tulane University geographer, has a new column in The Times-Picayune. On Friday (Oct. 11) “Cityscapes: A Geographer’s View of the New Orleans Area,” makes its second appearance in both the online and print versions of the newspaper.


Richard Campanella plans to use his new column to remind readers just how exciting geography can be. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

“Cityscapes” publishes monthly on every second Friday and posts to the website, Nola.com, a day or so earlier.

In print, readers can find “Cityscapes” in the Inside/Out Residential Living supplement.

In this week’s column, Campanella discusses the historical origins of New Orleans’ municipal districts and why they are so delineated. The reasons, he says, go back at least 200 years.

While “Cityscapes” is his first column with the newspaper, Campanella is a regular contributor of guest editorials.

In August, he sparked conversations on voting rights through an editorial about gerrymandering in Plaquemine, La. The editorial coincided with the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

“I've long been amazed at how historical urban geography resonates with nearly everyone if properly explained and made relevant,” says Campanella. “People can relate to the spaces and places I write about and they respond with amazement and appreciation for their city when they learn that seemingly mundane features of their neighborhood oftentimes have deep, centuries-old roots.”

Campanella also is a columnist for Preservation in Print magazine and the quarterly Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. He teaches in the Tulane University School of Architecture.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu