Coming Home to New Orleans: Neighborhood Rebuilding After Katrina by Karl F. Seidman

Coming Home to New Orleans: Neighborhood Rebuilding After Katrina

byKarl F. Seidman

Hardcover | March 13, 2013

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Coming Home to New Orleans documents grassroots rebuilding efforts in New Orleans neighborhoods after hurricane Katrina, and draws lessons on their contribution to the post-disaster recovery of cities. The book begins with two chapters that address Katrina's impact and the planning and publicsector recovery policies that set the context for neighborhood recovery. Rebuilding narratives for six New Orleans neighborhoods are then presented and analyzed. In the heavily flooded Broadmoor and Village de L'Est neighborhoods, residents coalesced around communitywide initiatives, one through aneighborhood association and the second under church leadership, to help homeowners return and restore housing, get key public facilities and businesses rebuilt and create new community-based organizations and civic capacity. A comparison of four adjacent neighborhoods in the center of the city show how differing socioeconomic conditions, geography, government policies and neighborhood capacity created varied recovery trajectories. The concluding chapter argues that grassroots and neighborhood scale initiatives canmake important contributions to city recovery in four areas: repopulation, restoring "complete neighborhoods" with key services and amenities, rebuilding parts of the small business economy and enhancing recovery capacity. It also calls for more balanced investments and policies to rebuild rentaland owner-occupied housing and more deliberate collaboration with community-based organizations to undertake and implement recovery plans, and proposes changes to federal disaster recovery policies and programs to leverage the contribution of grassroots rebuilding and more support for cityrecovery.

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Karl F. Seidman is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.
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Title:Coming Home to New Orleans: Neighborhood Rebuilding After KatrinaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199945519

ISBN - 13:9780199945511

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List of TablesList of FiguresPreface1. The Flooding of New Orleans2. Whither New Orleans?3. Broadmoor Lives4. A Village Rebuilds5. A Tale of Four Neighborhoods6. Neighborhoods and City RebuildingAppendixAcknowledgementsNotesBibliographyGlossaryIndex