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Qualitative research utilizing conversations with neighbors in New Orleans' French Quarter (Vieux Carre), as well as documentary sources, demonstrate the limitations of communicative approaches to planning when conflict between visions exist. Antagonism between groups, some favoring preservation, and others development (visions not necessarily oppositional), creates animosities that are difficult to resolve through communicative processes. This results from the ongoing difficulty of dealing with the "tragic" choices (Healey 1993, 1997a) created where substantial differences in systems of meaning collide.