New Orleans and Post-KTMB Planning/The Unified New Orleans Plan
Spurred from this CNN Anderson Cooper thing I saw a couple of weeks ago about "New Orleans not having a plan" but "Mississippi having a plan" I wanted to try and come up with a synopsis of what planning exercises have been conducted in New Orleans in the past eleven months. The post-KTMB comparison of New Orleans/Louisiana and Mississippi really gets me angry as to compare the two situations are apples to oranges. The type of devastation is completely different. The scale of the devastation is completely different. The socio-economic diversity of the affected citizenry is completely different. And on and on. Mississippi has a mostly clean slate--New Orleans has 100,000+ once-flooded structures still intact that in many cases can and should be rehabilitated. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast a 30 foot tidal wave caused the destruction of the coastal areas while in the majority of the City of New Orleans the devastation of our city took a different form: a slow inundation of seawater because of failed MANMADE flood control structures. A natural disaster versus an admittedly man-induced one. It is a different situation in every way . . . .
Post-KTMB New Orleans Planning Efforts:
First there was the Urban Land Institute-sponsored Bring Back New Orleans Plan in Fall 2005 touted by OUR MAYOR (tm). There were lots of public presentations and hearings and lots of citizen anger vented--mainly spurred by these big green blobs labeled "greenspaces" placed upon city maps upon especially low-lying neighborhoods of the city such as Broadmoor and New Orleans East--indicating an abandonment of these areas (i.e. "reducing the urban footprint") for urban development. All sorts of deadlines and timetables were established for Spring 2006 to get that plan going with first-hand involvement of advocacy and neighborhood groups, but none of this came to fruition and the ULI BNOB Plan became yet another study to gather dust on a bookshelf. Then in early-Summer 2006 the City Council introduced the New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilding Plan . . . .
Stop the presses. I don't need to write about this anymore as Becky Houtman has put together a complete summary. Find a better synopsis. It doesn't exist.
OUR MAYOR (tm) Bring Back New Orleans Plan ---->
CITY COUNCIL New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilding Plan ---->
ROCKEFELLER/GREATER NEW ORLEANS FOUNDATION The Unified New Orleans Plan.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend yesterday's Unified New Orleans Plan "event" at the City Park Botanic Garden due to something previously scheduled. Check out Schroeder's, Adrasto's, and Michael Homan's takes. Oh boy. And I've heard similar reports of it from others as well. Here's the Times-Picayune's more "approved for your consumption" take on the event.
UPDATE, 2pm: Humid Haney's perspective and the story as reported last night on WWL TV.
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