The City of New Orleans: The Swamp
Perhaps the most scenic part of the otherwise topographically-bland IC mainline is a trip through the swamp along the west side of Lake Ponchartrain.
Once upon a time, the stock market was a place where people with capital went to look for productive activity to invest in -- say, a company devoted to making soap flakes, an underpants factory. Now the market is a robot combat arena where algorithms battle for supremacy of the feedback loops. (James Howard Kunstler, 2010)