By Mark Waller
The New Orleans Museum of Art on Friday is hosting a discussion on the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition and its impact on the city. Although the fair suffered financial troubles, it also gets credit for starting the revitalization of the Warehouse District.
The event on 84 acres along the Mississippi River took place a century after the city’s previous world’s fair, the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition. The panelists Friday will discuss the fair’s economic and urban planning ramifications. A showing of the WYES-TV documentary “A World’s Fair to Remember” will follow the panel discussion.
Panelists include architect Allen Eskew, City Park chief executive Bob Becker, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation chief Mark Romig and historic preservation developer Pres Kabacoff. Maurice Cox, Director of Tulane City Center and Associate Dean for Community Engagement at the Tulane University School of Architecture, will moderate.
The discussion runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The documentary will run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.