New Orleans Tricentennial

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu plans to make racism and race relations constant touchstones as New Orleans prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018, NOLA.com reports.

Landrieu announced a commission composed of eight planning committees will help plan the 2018 celebration of the founding of New Orleans. One of the eight committees will be called the "racial reconciliation" committee.

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The shuttered World Trade Center in New Orleans may be reborn as a luxury hotel and apartment complex. The 1960s-era building shaped like an X could be an anchor on the city’s refurbished riverfront.