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A Proposal For New Orleans: Save a Skyscraper, Get a Gondola Roller Coaster

Developers hoping to save an Edward Durell Stone tower want to build a "tribute" tourist trap next door.
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The property at 2 Canal Street has been languishing along the New Orleans Skyline since the late 1990s. Still vacant after a few failed attempts by the city to redevelop it, the old tower may soon get a facelift, just in time for the city's 300th birthday in 2018. And it would come with a new gondola roller coaster next door.

One the finalists in the city's latest request for proposals for 2 Canal Street announced late last week that it's teaming up with US Thrill Rides to build a "Tricentennial Tower" next door if its redevelopment proposal is chosen. That's the same company behind Orlando's plans for a skyscraper roller coaster anchored by the "World’s Largest Perkins Restaurant & Bakery."